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Reducing Truancy Described as Community Responsibility By Dorothy Rowley Staff Writer The Rev. Anthony Motley knows a thing or two about being truant. “I was a truant twice. The first time after I got home, the truant officer was sitting in my living room,” the retired educator

told his amused audience. “The second time after I skipped, the next day my pastor was sitting in my classroom,” he said to resounding laughter. But having people other than his mother – who worked a fulltime job admonish the mischievous youth for his indifference toward school, not only embar-

rassed him, it made Motley realize the seriousness of his actions. “We’ve got to go into these homes. We’ve got to sit with these parents,” said Motley, whose sentiments were shared by the diverse crowd of more than 100 people. Despite the cold winds and steady rain, teachers, ministers, parents, students and

community activists showed up Feb. 23 at Anne Beers Elementary School in Southeast with their attention focused on one thing: the truancy crisis in the District. “Truancy is a complicated issue . . . however, it’s a core value that also affects graduation rates,” said panelist Ian Roberts, principal at Anacostia Se-

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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. Kwasi Agyeman discusses design of thehelp bust people of Dr. Martin Luther duringWe theneed PhiliptoReid Capitol Tour loose,” Marlow said.theMarlow begin to haveKing a diaaddress both theonvicSaturday, 23. /Photo by Mark shared herFeb. story with the audi-Mahoney logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in sium was sponsored by the 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 the andspring their of children. Marlow has aworked to securibreak 1863 after a white con- Joseph Chestnut, U.S. Capitol By Sam P.K. Collins domestic violence. The book is struction “I livedforeman in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, decided to strike ty officer and military veteran who was WI Contributing inspired by her ownWriter experiences, years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she because he wanted higher wages. killed defending the Capitol against and those of her grandmother, not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that assembled the plaster casting of an armed intruder in 1998. 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Thelife, statueand wasunderstand hoisted atop versity student who took the tour, said wonstaffer the for 2007 “Best the victim's nior Sen.National Richard Blumencies are passed.” of 1863. Books” Award.jumped at the chance the thal (D-Conn.), thatCapitol she dome may atbetheinend“survival reached thatTia he Carol enjoyedJones it andcan thebediscussion Reid’s story motivated Agyeman to at “I was just 16-years-old when to share the history of the storied mode”. that followed afterward. He said that theyou tour get withtoa focus the my eyebuilding first blackened and “Before 'I'm on going federal with visitors to my the organize he might not have learned about Reid artisan and other African Americans lips bled,” Marlow said.soaked up to kill you,' it started as a verbal andWI nation’s capital. Agyeman others had he taken another tour. who made unique contributions to Elaine Davis-Nickens, presiinformation about the Capitol’s his“I felt really good learning about American history. dent of athe National Hook-Up tory, like sponge, however, he said Philip Reid and his contribution to “This was a guy who was owned of Women, theredisilluis no theBlack more he learned,said the more the Capitol,” said Floyd, 21 who hails by the construction company and consistency in the waywas domestic sioned he became. There very litviolence issues are dealt with by [turned out to be] the cornerstone from Baltimore, Md. “It was also tle mention about African Americans of the Capitol’s construction,” said good looking at the busts of Martin discussed during the tours, he said. Agyeman who lives in Northeast. “He Luther King, Jr. and Sojourner Truth “I immediately [recognized] that is the reason why we had the Statue of and learning about the history behind there was a rich African-American his- Freedom. It’s time to celebrate African the busts.” tory that no one talked about,” during Americans who have made a great imAt a time when many question the the tours, Agyeman, 22, said. pact on our country.” relevance of Black History Month, “So I thought that I could give a Agyeman and another U.S. Capi- Tyler Dueno, a George Washington tour and showcase [African-Ameri- tol tour guide gathered a small group University student and Agyeman’s colcan] history,” he said. around a replica of the Statue of Free- league on the Hill, said that he hopes The George Washington Universi- dom, on display in the Visitor Center, ty undergrad kicked off the inaugural and then led them through the crypt to see more tours of this type in the Philip Reid Capitol Tour last weekend. of the Capitol and the Rotunda. Un- future. He would especially like to see The 90-minute tour featured Afri- like other tour groups in the building, them geared toward college students. “We need something like this to can-American figures who have made Agyeman’s group had an opportunity bridge the gap between reality and significant contributions and played to see the room where the Amistad what we read in history books, said an integral role in American histo- case and Dredd Scott decision unDueno, 22, who comes from Bridgery. Students who attend universities folded. The group of 15 visitors also port, Conn. “I think that the best throughout the District showed up to gathered around a statue of Frederick thing is getting GW and other schools support Agyeman’s efforts. L.Y. Marlow Douglass and learned about his plea to Agyeman named the tour in hon- President Abraham Lincoln to allow in the area involved and coming here or of Philip Reid, an enslaved artisan slaves to fight for the Union during to see how African Americans have shaped this country instead of hearing who played a crucial role in the com- the Civil War. pletion of the Statue of Freedom in Visitors also learned about Jacob about it in school.” wi WI Staff Writer

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February 28 1879 – A date considered by many to mark the beginning of the great “Exodus of 1879” when thousands of blacks begin fleeing racism, violence and economic exploitation in the South for new lives in the Midwest, especially Kansas. One of the most prominent organizers of the exodus was former Tennessee slave Benjamin “Pap” Singleton. An estimated 20,000 blacks take part in the exodus. They were driven in part by the Homestead Act, which promised free land. But by 1880, efforts had already begun to curtail the movement of blacks to the Midwest. In 1881, Pap Singleton was hauled before a Senate investigative committee looking into his role in the exodus. March 1 1739 – The British government is forced to sign a peace treaty with the Jamaican Maroons. The Maroons were escaped slaves or put another way Africans who refused to be slaves. When the Spanish lost Jamaica to the British in 1665, they freed many of their slaves and called them Maroons or “wild.” The Maroons set up villages, were frequently joined by other escaped slaves and eventually began to wage a highly successful guerrilla war against the British. Under the terms of the peace treaty, the Maroons were designated a free people and given 1,500 acres of land.

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March 2 1896 – Ethiopia defeats Italy at the battle of Adowa (also called Adwa). It was one of the few successful military victories of Africans over Europeans as the latter attempted to colonize and economically exploit the African continent. Lead by general was Ras Makonnen – father of the man who would become next Emperor Haile Selassie, the left 6,000 Italians and 10,000 Ethiopians dead. But the victory forced Europe to recognize Ethiopia as an independent and sovereign nation. March 3 1968 – The infamous COINTELPRO memorandum is sent to FBI field offices around the country. COINTELPRO was a government counter intelligence program aimed at disrupting and destroying black, peace and anti-war groups. The March 3rd memorandum specifically called on FBI agents to infiltrate militant black organizations and employ various tactics to prevent them from growing individually or uniting with one another. March 4 1922 – Comedic great Bert Williams dies of pneumonia in New York City at the age of 46. What Jackie Robinson did for blacks by breaking the color bar in major league baseball, Bert Williams did on the American stage. He was a comic, singer, writer and producer who spent10 of his 25 years in

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get younger siblings ready for school, older children are often late, which in many cases has led to truancy, he said. The two-hour forum was sponsored by the Hillcrest Civic Association and moderated by president, De’Andre Anderson. Other panelists for the meeting that attracted primarily residents from the affluent Hillcrest community where Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other city officials live, included District Family Court Judge Zoe Bush, D.C. Council member David Catania (I-AtLarge), Beers Elementary counselor Jeffrey Brown, and Adele Fabrikant, who participated on behalf of Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. Truancy generally begins at the middle school level, and in D.C., students who miss at least 10 days of unexcused absences are classified as truant. However, among the 2,000 students who are marked truant each day, a growing number are enrolled in elementary schools. “It starts at that level, [increasing by] grade six and getting worse by the ninth-grade,” Fabrikant said. Fabrikant also emphasized that reducing truancy is a shared responsibility, and that the chancellor is fully committed to providing resources needed to reduce the numbers. Stating that the school day for D.C. students begins at 8:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m., Fabrikant said there are specific guidelines school officials have to abide by The Washington Informer

in determining excused and unexcused absences. She said however, that students who miss at least 60 percent of the school day will receive an unexcused absence for the entire day; and parents of students with five unexcused absences will be asked to participate in a truancy conference. Elementary and middle school students with 10 unexcused absences will be referred to the District’s Family and Child Services Agency for suspected educational neglect, and from there cases can end up in court. “Very often, judges are constants in young people’s lives and we have dedicated and welltrained judges [to deal with truant students],” said Bush, who’s presided over the District’s Family Court for the past three years. “The judge is that person who pushes others to provide youth with the support and services they need to [offset truancy which is aligned with poverty],” Bush said. “But [we] can’t wait to cure poverty to address truancy, as one issue is just as complex as the other.” Bush added that there are no simple solutions to eradicating truancy but with parents, teachers and school administrators and communities working together, the issue can be effectively dealt with. “With real energy and focus, I think this is something that we can really turn around, although it will take a while,” Bush said. Catania, who chairs the council’s education committee, believes one way to deal with truant middle schoolers is to bring

in young mentors who students can more easily relate to. He also noted that home visits are helpful in determining barriers to school attendance, and that in many instances the visits have helped to improve attendance and test scores. But while Catania said about 70 percent of parents have no legitimate reason for their children’s chronic absenteeism, Motley, also a family counselor, countered that most of the parents Catania referred to, know why their children are truant but won’t say so. “Nine times out of 10 those parents don’t want to reveal the real reasons and it’s going to take more than asking the question one time [to get them to open up],” Motley said. “I’ve known that as a counselor, that what we see on the surface is not what’s really [going on].” Brown, a former D.C. police officer, concurred. “When you have a relationship with parents, you have a completely different environment and parents are more likely to give the real reason for truancy,” Brown said to nods of agreement from the crowd. “It’s not one piece [for dealing with truancy] or the other, but if we don’t address it [starting at the elementary level] we’ll be back again and again discussing the same issue.” Meanwhile, Henderson’s plan to close schools could lead to increased truancy. Ward 7 activist Ron Moten denounced the chancellor’s plan to

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“Truancy is a complicated issue … however, it’s a core value that also affects graduation rates.”

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forum continued from Page 8 shutter 15 schools over the next two years, saying that action will certainly lead to truancy. Moten said part of the solution lies in placing teachers in classrooms that students can

Ronald Moten, a Ward 7 activist said that teachers make a difference, especially when it comes to engaging students in the classroom. Moten also noted that students relate to classes that include black history.

relate to, and creating programs such as the student prayer breakfast at Ballou Senior High School in Southeast, that has attracted former truants back to the classroom. “We did some out-of-the-box kinds of things,” Moten said of efforts at Ballou that date back

to 2008, and helped to increase the graduation rate by 13 percent, he said. “We taught our kids their history and what people went through so that they could have an education,” said Moten. “We kind of shamed them into taking education seriously.” wi

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By James Wright WI Staff Writer The nation’s leading African-American organization, whose mission is to study and promote black history, hosted an event that featured a keynote speaker who put into perspective one of America’s most revered documents and honored female leaders for their countless contributions. Mary Frances Berry, a noted historian at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, served as the keynote speaker at the 87th Annual Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Black History Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest. Berry

said that despite the jubilant mood that blacks feel in light of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, she doesn’t think there’s much to celebrate. “It was not the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery, it was the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that did that,” Berry said. “Lincoln was not an abolitionist. He did it to save the Union and he stated that the Emancipation Proclamation was a ‘fit and necessary war measure.’” Berry’s insightful remarks are a reflection of the members of ASALH, which was founded in Chicago on Sept. 9, 1915 and incorporated in the District on Oct. 2, 1915 as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History by Carter G. Woodson

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and Jesse E. Moorland. ASALH is based in Northwest and is credited for the creation of Negro History Week in February of 1926 and in 1976, the organization expanded the celebration to include the entire month. Berry, 75, counted among one of the 21 “2013 Living Legacy Awardees” honored for their outstanding achievements during the three-hour afternoon affair. Other honorees included NAACP Chairman of the Board Roslyn Brock of Elkridge, Md.; University of the District of Columbia professor Margaret Moore; Olivia Hooker, a survivor of the 1920 Tulsa Race Riots; psychologist Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the  first students to integrate Central High

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Dr. Olivia Hooker, center, a survivor of the Tulsa Race Riots, received a “Living Legacy Award” at the 87th Annual ASALH Black History Luncheon on Feb. 23. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957; Naomi Long Madgett, poet laureate of Detroit and Consolee Nishimwe, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis and political-

ly moderate Hutus in 1994. The audience watched a 10-minute video sent by first lady Michelle Obama. After-

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AROUND THE REGION asalh continued from Page 10 ward, Suzan Johnson Cook, the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, presented a White House proclamation to Sylvia Cyrus, the executive director of ASALH. “We must march until victory is won,” Cook, 55, told guests who attended the luncheon. Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman unveiled the “Emancipation Proclamation” stamp which features the artisanship of stamp designer Gail Anderson. Stroman said that the stamp represents an historic benchmark in American history and one that should never be given short shrift. “We must never forget the indignities of days gone by,” he said. Dr. Andrew Ray, the grand basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., of Decatur, Ga., donated $10,000 to ASALH. Ray said that Omega and ASALH share a common bond – one that will never be severed. “Carter G. Woodson belongs to Omega,” he said. “Our contribution is to support the legacy that he started and we will continue to do this in the future.” ASALH gifted $2,000 to the Moorland-Spingarn collection

at Howard University in Northwest and the same amount to Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. Alvin Thornton, a senior adviser to the president of Howard University and a noted political scientist, accepted the ASALH check on behalf of the university. “The ASALH-Howard nexus is a rich one,” said Thornton, 64. “Howard University has space on its campus for

ASALH and many of its scholars, such as Woodson and others, who have roots and connections to the university. It is up to my generation to see that the nexus remains strong.” During her remarks Berry said that in the future blacks must be clear on where they are going and they must tell the truth about our history. “I think it is great that Martin Luther King has a memorial on

the [National] Mall and there is a stamp with Rosa Parks on it but that is not what they were really about,” she said. “If you knew what the real Martin Luther King was saying and what the real Rosa Parks was saying and doing, there would be no stamp or King Memorial. What you hear about King is his dream but you don’t hear that he came to Washington in 1963 to cash a check.” wi

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, received the “Living Legacy Award” during the 87th Annual ASALH Black History Luncheon on Feb. 23. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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Move to Raise Pay of Tipped Workers Gains Momentum By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Could this be the year that restaurant workers who mainly rely on tips for their income get a raise? Several congressional leaders hope so and are pushing for Congress to put more money in the pockets of restaurant workers whose hourly pay rate is supplemented by tips. U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) is reintroducing – for the third consecutive time – the Working for Adequate Gains for Employment Services (WAGES) Act, legislation that would increase the

hourly wage of workers such as waiters and waitresses. The act would raise the minimum wage of tipped employees from the current $2.13 per hour to $3.75 per hour three months after enactment. It then raises that minimum wage to $5 per hour one year after enactment, and two years after that it hikes it a bit more, however it is capped at no more than $5.50 an hour. “President Obama rightly used the State of the Union to call for an increase in the minimum wage,” said Edwards of the president’s interest in raising the overall minimum hourly wage. “The minimum

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frozen at $2.13 per hour since 1991. The Fair Labor Standards Act allows employers of a tipped employee to pay $2.13 an hour in direct wages if that amount plus the tips received equals at least the federal minimum wage. On Valentine’s Day, the congresswoman was joined on Capitol Hill by 100 restaurant workers who met with members of Congress urging them to support the raise. Almost 100 Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) members from 23 states visited more than 30 congressional offices, including legislators from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) joined the workers and their supporters outside in Senate Park for a rally on the same day. “Congress has a responsibility to do right by working families,” said DeLauro. “It is long past time to increase the minimum wage, including the tipped minimum wage, and ensure that restaurant workers, and all workers, can take a paid day off if they or a loved one is sick. Right now 57 million Americans cannot take time off work when they are sick, or when they need to care for an ailing relative. To protect the public health, to boost the economy, to help employees balance work and family – we need to get these done.” Edwards has garnered growing support for the WAGES

Act each year, according to a spokesman for the congresswoman. “To truly address poverty in this country, we need our political leaders to remember the hundreds of thousands of restaurant workers who help feed America,” said Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of ROC United. After the gathering on the Hill, workers with ROC United marched to The Capital Grille, a Darden-owned restaurant, to deliver nearly 200,000 petitions gathered by ROC United, ColorOfChange, SumOfUs and CREDO Action. They called on Darden, a company that owns and operates more than 2,000 restaurants nationwide including Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, to improve conditions for workers, ensure a livable wage and guarantee paid sick days for the company’s 180,000 employees. Several local residents said they support raising the minimum wage for restaurant workers. Joann Tucker of Fairmount Heights said she was in favor of the raise. “They work really hard,” said Tucker of restaurant workers. “That’s really hard work.” Sean Wilson of Cedar Heights said he could see two sides of the issue. “I think it’s a great opportunity to raise their pay,” said Wilson. “Hopefully it won’t hurt the businesses.” wi

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State Set to Break Ground on Harriet Tubman Park By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer While the creation of a national park honoring abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman remains unresolved in Congress, Maryland officials are moving forward with the development of a state park in her name. A groundbreaking is scheduled for March 9 in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a state park honoring Tubman. Dorchester County is where Tubman was born and died. Maryland’s Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park will include interpretive trails, a spiritual reflection garden and memorial, picnic pavilion, outdoor exhibits and a visitor center. The 15,000-square-foot visitor center will immerse visitors into the life of Tubman, starting with her childhood, following her as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and culminating with her advocacy for justice. “We can’t be more honored to have the opportunity to tell the story of an American hero whose bravery and actions really exemplify the American story of freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness,” said Nita Settina, superintendent of the Maryland Park Service. The groundbreaking comes on the eve of the centennial of Tubman’s death. Settina said the 17-acre park site, adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near the town of Church Creek on Route 335, is located in the heart of the area where Tubman returned time and again. Born in Dorchester County

in 1822, Tubman escaped slavery at the age of 27 but returned 13 times and freed approximately 70 enslaved family members and others. “Tubman’s associated success on the Underground Railroad stemmed from her intimate knowledge of the area’s woodlands and swamps, making the park setting an ideal location,” according to information provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The state park is expected to cost $21.4 million, of which the federal government has allocated $12 million in grants, Settina said. A 2014 or 2015 opening is expected. Meanwhile four U.S. senators including Maryland’s Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski have introduced the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act, which would establish two national historical parks, one in Maryland and one in New York, where Tubman was active in the suffrage movement. The bill was previously introduced in the three previous congresses. On Feb. 13 at the U.S. Capitol, Cardin, Rep. Donna F. Edwards (Md.); Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.); Rep. Dan Maffei (N.Y.);Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio) as well as representatives of the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women held a press conference to voice their support for passage of federal legislation that would create the two national Tubman parks. “Harriet Tubman is a true American hero, whose journeys along the Eastern Shore will mark Maryland forever,” said Bill Crouch, The Conservation Fund’s Maryland di-

rector. The fund has acquired and is willing to donate a home site to the National Park Service for the national park in Maryland. The parks are also viewed as a “new resource, bringing in substantial revenue to our communities and creating jobs,” state officials said. Settina said the national Tubman park, if approved, would be established on property adjacent to the Maryland park. She said she sees the state park as the trail head for visitors’ exploration of the larger area. In July, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Cardin, Mikulski and Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland contacted the U.S. Department of the Interior requesting the establishment of a national monument to recognize Tubman’s contributions. “Federal recognition of Harriet Tubman, one of our nation’s great freedom and equal rights heroes, is long overdue,” said O’Malley. “A national monument designation will further our commitment to share her courageous life story and legacy of justice, and protect the rural landscape of her birthplace on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.” Cardin said the monument was a first step. “Tubman was an iconic figure in our nation’s history, and I think it’s a good idea to move ahead with the monument designation now, while we continue to work in Congress for legislation to authorize the establishment of the two national parks … to commemorate one of America’s greatest heroes.” wi The Washington Informer

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Two weeks ago, Julian Bond was one of 49 people arrested in front of the White House as they sought to push President Barack Obama to take greater action against climate change. Bond is not content to rest on his laurels after a lifetime of activism and told an audience at Gallaudet University on Feb. 21 that those seeking social change have to continue to fight against the status quo. “We have to hope that our fellow Americans feel the sense of outrage,” he said. “Someone needs to make some noise, make some things happen.” Bond, 73, has been making things happen since he was a student at Morehouse University in Atlanta, Ga. In 1968, Bond was a founding member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), became the first African American put forward as a major party candidate for vice president and he was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Bond served on the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1998-2008. He is the recipient of 25 honorary degrees. While the changes in society since the 1960s have been impressive, Bond continues to actively engage in issues of economic justice, civil rights and peace and remains an unabashed voice for the disenfranchised. In each constituency, he said,

African Americans and members of the deaf community share common experiences which are a part of their collective identities. “There are differences in means but your goals are groupbased and your futures linked,” Bond said. “In the civil rights movement, we always thought that we were engaged in a larger and even more important struggle, engaged in a struggle for human rights which envelops every human being everywhere on the planet.” Almost 50 years ago, said Bond, Bayard Rustin – an advisor to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and organizer of the March on Washington – wrote that the movement was evolving from a protest movement into a fullfledged social movement. “It was an evolution calling its very name into question. It is now concerned not merely with removing the barriers to full opportunity but achieving the fact of equality,” Rustin wrote. “From sit-ins and freedom rides, we’ve moved into rent strikes, boycotts, community organizing and political action. And as King began to call for a more equitable distribution and railed against the Vietnam War, the movement continued to move beyond its original intent.” During the lecture, Bond laid out the context that led to the development of the modern civil rights movement and tied the movement to Gallaudet’s Deaf President Now (DPN) moveSee bond on Page 15

NATIONAL bond continued from Page 14 ment. Gallaudet is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the DPN movement this March. The protests on campus led to the appointment of a deaf president, I. King Jordan, for the first time at that point in Gallaudet’s history. Bond, Angela Davis and other civil and human rights icons have lectured at the university to mark the milestone. Bond discussed the impact of DPN on the lives of deaf people in the United States and the world, compared it to the arc of the civil rights movement and spotlighted a number of the transformative changes each has brought the United States. And while he describes himself as an eternal optimist, Bond acknowledged that a good deal of work remains. “Movements forced elites to inaugurate reforms that would otherwise have been ignored,” he said. “… Movements usually begin with a concrete precipitating event. For the civil rights movement, it was the arrest of Rosa Parks. The resignation of [former Gallaudet president] Jerry Lee could be seen as an important element.” All good movements, Bond explained, must continue to agitate, sustain morale, foster fellowship and develop tactics. Movements must also have catalytic leadership “who join the adventure without a foreseeable end,” and also must have a strategy, plan and tactics to confront its oppressors. “You have to hope and expect the movement to succeed and for it to effect change and provide relief from the injustices a group faces,” he said. The civil rights movement had within it all these elements and more, said Bond, as he and others on the frontlines battled a tripartite system of oppression – economic, political, and personal. “It was state supported private terror and ritual human sacrifice carried out by the state and citizens,” Bond said of the lynchings, beatings and brutality visited daily on African Americans and those who challenged segregation, racism and discrimination. “… No other ethnic group – except Native Americans – has experienced a comparable mix of xenophobic attitudinal and structural limitations and dictatorial constraints on their development. It is

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Parkinson’s Disease Affects Blacks, Men By Jessica R. Key Special to the Informer from NNPA Life was going just fine for Don Ransom until one day he realized the right side of his body wasn’t moving properly. “I thought it was my rotator cuff problem. I tore it a long time ago so I figured that’s why it was like that,” said Don who also thought he had a stroke. His wife, Terri, convinced him to see a physician who referred them to a neurologist. The neurologist told Don he had Parkinson’s disease. “It was like a kick in the head. Being an athlete I thought ‘this is it. No more sports.’ There are so many other worse things out there that I could have gotten. But I figured the lesser of two evils was Parkinson’s so I could deal with that,” said Don. Over the past nine years, Parkinson’s has taken its toll on the man

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fects on people’s bodies and lives. Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which a region of the midbrain, called the substantia nigra, degenerates. That part of the brain is involved in coordinating motor activities. This results in shaking of the arms or other body parts; stiffening of the muscles in the arms and legs; people tend to lean forward and not swing their arms and walk with very short steps; eventual changes in the ability to swallow and drooling; lower voice volume; and shaky, small handwriting. Dr. Michael Sermersheim, board certified neurologist at Josephson-Wallack-Munshower Neurology and St. Vincent Hospital said Parkinson’s is more prominent in whites, however African-Americans are still highly likely to develop the disease. It is also more common in men than women. It affects 6 million people worldwide. Also, the older one gets the higher the risk of obtaining the disease, but it can affect children and young adults. Parkinson’s disease is also more likely to occur in those with repeated head trauma such as boxers and football players. The issue with the disease is that many of the symptoms Sermersheim lists are typical symptoms that can happen to anyone, particularly older individuals. It’s the combination of symptoms that physicians look for when diagnosing Parkinson’s. Another challenge is that typically the disease comes on slowly – so slow that many people don’t realize they have Parkinson’s. “When people have sudden awareness, it’s because of some other illness that causes an acute change,” said Sermersheim. “If someone gets sick, all their Parkinson’s symptoms suddenly become more obvious.” Unfortunately, there are only a few medications that help sufferers deal with symptoms. Sermersheim

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shadd continued from Page 20 celebrities, including jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and the late Grammy Award-winning artist Shirley Horn who also happened to be his aunt. During his youth, he played drums in jazz concerts through college at Howard University. He also played piano, performed at past inaugurations and on Broadway. Following his father, James Shadd, a technician, pianist and band leader who founded Shadd’s Piano Hospital Service in 1941 in Northeast, the younger Shadd also tuned, repaired and rebuilt pianos for

various clients. In 2002, he founded Shadd Inc., a manufacturing company, and it’s taken him about 10 years to see the fruits of his labor. In November 2012, he sold the first African-American manufactured acoustic piano to the Setai Hotel in New York City. The Shadd piano #001 is in the jazz lounge, Bar On Fifth, he said. Even with what’s been called a 24th century invention in the 21st century, he faced difficulties he felt were due to his skin color – unable to get a patent attorney until the sixth attempt; unable to secure funding for the prototype; and setbacks in the competitive

world of piano manufacturing. “It was a nine-year grind of daily obstacles but I had to persevere,” he said. “Trying to create something that’s never been done, I had to have unbelievable strength and resilience as you get smacked down every day.” Shadd’s pianos cost anywhere between $6,000 and $275,000. Shadd wants to put pianos into public schools around the country. So far, Ellington is the first and Pullens is hoping for another. “We’re getting our building renovated this year and with that will come more Shadd pianos,” he said. “Every artist should be so lucky to have at least one.” wi The Washington Informer

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DIASPORA RISING spotlight a few of the many cultures that encompass Diasporic Black History. Similarities abound and subtle cultural nuances suggest kinships across superficial geographic and language barriers. One exercise with which my students were challenged when trying to determine how race or blackness functioned on a global scale entailed examining the relationship between the island nation of Haiti and the U.S. from its independence until the death of President John F. Kennedy. The students found that with almost every economic and cultural leap forward by Haiti, there was an equally defiant show of racist maneuvering – including gunboat diplomacy, American-funded attempts to overthrow the government, and constant cultural interventions that disrupted the customs of her people and marginalized Haiti’s independence. The people, even after natural disasters and foreign exploitation, remain proud, vibrant and steadfast. Lola Poisson Joseph, founder and executive director of the Children and Families Global Development Fund, and wife of former Haitian Ambassador to the United Stated Raymond Joseph, graciously shares her insight into the Haiti few recognize or acknowledge in this edition. And while Haiti fought to maintain her identity, other nations, including Guyana, quickly absorbed the English branding of imperial rule – its people becoming (in some cases) more English than the British themselves. When the Crown called upon its numbers to fight in World War II, people of color from the Caribbean to India, answered. At the close of the war, educational and economic opportunities opened in the “Mother Country,” and thousands migrated or sent their children to areas in and around London, Cardiff, and Leeds. By the 1960s, the children of these migrants had forged collective identities

that merged the best of their parents’ and grandparents’ cultures with that of their adopted homeland. In this edition of the Informer, journalist and motivational speaker Sherry Ann Dixon details her own migration from British Guyana to London. At times the formation of racial and cultural identity rested solely in the interpretations of others. Such proved true for thousands of mixed-raced children – generally the product of black American servicemen and non-black women abroad. Barrington Salmon speaks with broadcast journalist Doris McMillon and other German-born children of such unions, who were known collectively as Brown Babies and became part of a trans-Atlantic immigration movement that paired them with African-American adoptive parents. Please use the Informer Black History special editions as a springboard to additional learning. With the abundance of rich and positive black experiences worldwide, we hope you find something more in the past – no matter how far back you look, besides chains and despair. Read & Enjoy, Shantella Y, Sherman Editor, Special Editions

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rowing up in Haiti as a little girl, I never wished to be anywhere else. I can say that I was among the privileged children who had a peep into the outside of Haiti world -- my dad would take us to the movies, we had a black and white (then) TV and we would be introduced to foreigners coming to see my dad’s painting work. We Haitian markets showcase the beauty and abundance of the island nation’s also went to very good schools, fruits and vegetable crops. / Courtesy photo where we learned to be proud close enough to the beach that beauty and vibrancy of Haiti and Haitians. Haiti had it all: lots of when we all had to go out, some its people. They refuse to accept flowers, especially on the Champ- would rush to the sea and bathe that Haiti, as a Black country, is de-Mars, in front of houses, nice rather than taking turns at home. second only to the United States green grass, toy and jewelry stores It was simply a beautiful paradise. in gaining independence. There is from which Santa Claus would Haiti is like a sibling for whom a refusal to accept that Haiti can come to our house, and lots of one has a love-hate relationship. be so much more beautiful, have fruit trees blooming and riping And that is how I explain the dif- so much more of a diversified colorfully. At one time we lived ficulty others have in capturing the culture that does not know the

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Former-Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. Raymond Joseph and his wife Lola Poisson-Joseph. / Courtesy Photo

word “boring.” There is a refusal to accept that Haitians can be so proud, so confident, and above all, so resilient. One simple example of others’ refusal to accept Haiti for what it is can be found in the way cruisers view their trip to Labadie, an overly beautiful and Western-developed part of Haiti. They would not say they “visited Labadie in Haiti”; they would simply say that “Labadee” was part of the cruise, even changing the spelling to make it sound as a different place other than Haiti. Although Haiti’s culture does not currently seem to have much influence on the outside, it has impacted greatly on other countries, especially the West Indian and Caribbean islands. Haiti has been a model for most countries to fight to gain their independence. Haiti’s products were much sought after by tourists who would not have enough arms to carry the treasures, especially art pieces, they purchased before going back to their countries. I remember how Haitian cotton was so appreciated and exclusive! Haitians are Haitians because there are things that are embedded in us that can only be haitian. It’s not just the language in itself, but what the language expresses, and how the language expresses what is being said. There are things we Haitians can only say in Creole, the Haitian Creole. So many people from different countries eat rice, but only Haitians can introduce you to “diri djon djon” -- which is rice with the one and only Haitian mushroom. So many people from different countries eat pork, but only Haitians can introduce you to “griyo (or griot) a unique way of preparing pork meat. I could go on and on. I can’t help remembering and seeing vividly in my mind one poor man who was traveling from New

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“I hate history because you can only go so far back in time before all of the black people are in chains and despair. It’s embarrassing,” was among the comments I often encountered as a graduate teaching assistant at both the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and Jackson State University in Mississippi. Even as elders and members of the black literati collectively admonish that not knowing ones past, preemptively obscures their futures, the reality of blackness does not validate ones existence, vindicate ones condition, or embolden greatness among the present-day kindred of ancestors, however brilliant. But in a space where people of color are at once exotic, the meat of cultural voyeurism, and competition for folks whose imperial expansion adulterated mother-tongues and mores, the Diasporic black experience continues to most aptly be defined as varying manifestations of the white man’s burden. So how best to affirm the everyday accomplishments, the intellectual prowess, and the sheer resilience of blacks around the globe, while acknowledging the vile, racist, and dehumanizing malaise through which those things were achieved? Simple: With truth and parity. There are few absolutes. Not all black people were disenfranchised; nor were all slaves. There were many whites who had both an aversion to slavery and a sincere belief in racial and social equality. African people around the world developed the very arts, languages and sciences for which they are now stereotyped as inherently unable to master. They are the skeletons, the arteries, and the DNA of every civilization under the sun, but hidden in plain view. This Black History Month, our goal at the Informer was to introduce readers to their foremothers and forefathers, as decidedly human, resilient, and exceptional. In our final Black History Month special section, we

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Caribbean men by the thousands arrived in London after fighting for British Crown in WWII. / Courtesy photo

tional and motivating. It’s so important that we here in the UK continue to promote these films. And more so there are many theatre performances like Fela Kuti which has been a sell out on every night. There is a thirst for learning and Facebook and other social networks have become vital in the promotion of positive black images, films and video. There is an awesome reality check - we want to know more, more and more. So how does a Guyanese living in London navigate British culture? I was brought up in Guyana with a British culture and an English mindset. In fact I believe I knew more about England than the Caribbean. Although I spoke with a Guyanese accent when I arrived, it was quick to adapt to the English dialect as most educated Guyanese perfected this as we were a British colony before. We were British Guyana before independence then we became Guyana. My children are born English. So I am British and they are English. They only know about Guyana because I insist that they know about their grandparents’ place of birth and the food and culture there. As they get older they are very interested in knowing more and their cousins in the US and Guyana. We have a ball when we all get together, usually at Thanksgiving

The second generation of Black British were naturalized Britons, who wed the Caribbean cultures of their parents and grandparents with their British upbringing. Films like Horace Ove’s Pressure captured the cultural tug-ofwar between the generations. / Courtesy photo

and you can care the British, American and Guyanese accents all mixed together. I believe that we are all still Caribbean in the end and I particularly engage in promoting the foods and lyrics of my people to my children and grandchildren so that the culture does not dilute as the generations go on. I particularly bring my Guyanese dialect into the forefront when I am giving talks or making speeches. My accent is me! As a beauty editor and journalist, I have witnessed it all. There was a time when the British woman of color adapted to the American woman of color’s idea of beauty. It has taken many years for us to find our own niche; our own identity. We have embraced natural hair with vigor and we are very proud of moving forward with our own ideas of beauty. Initially, there was a stigma with regard to bleaching - light vs. dark skinned. But because people like myself have written articles for mainstream media, dispelling a lot of the ridiculous myths which were fed down the chain, more women became aware of their beauty and celebrated the diversity of our race. We are proud to wear our traditional garments, and wear bright and engaging cosmetic colors which show off our beautiful skin. Our British hosts have had to learn to celebrate our diversity because suddenly we are making an impact. Of course mainstream organizations are still holding on to stiff upper lip attitudes and in those cases some of our sisters are not encouraged to go natural as this could impact on career moves. But there are so many exhibitions, festivals and organized events celebrating people of color now, that other races have embraced our events and attitudes more. I went home for a while and lived in other Caribbean islands as well, but I could not settle. I truly now believe that my home is in London or generally in the UK although my heart is in Guyana or the Caribbean. It’s about what you know. It’s about to what you are accustomed – and the cultures are so different. The laid back-easy attitude of the Caribbean is great for me

Life Skills Speaker and Journalist Sherry Ann Dixon / Courtesy photo when I am on holiday but I love the fact that I can do what I want, when I want and can find people with the same vigor and attitude as me. I don’t have to feel different because I want to go for a drink after work with my girlfriends and not have to ask the permission of my partner to do whatever. I accept that I have had the freedom of choice and that it is not the same for my sisters in the Caribbean. Also I am not ready to slow down yet. I have so much more to do, too many people left to empower, my voice has to be heard and I can do all these things from the UK. Home for me is where my family is and my children and grandchildren are in London. I can earn enough money here and travel back to my birth home when I am ready for a top-up of Guyanese culture. After all, I am Guyanese on my birth certificate. bhm


won a scholarship and came to London to study. I was placed in the guardianship of my Aunt Shirley, my mother’s sister, and she became my guardian when my mother died a few years later after I arrived in London. I had 6 sisters and they remained in Guyana, South America with my father and my grandmother. It was decided that it would be better for me to continue my education in the UK. I was 12 years old when I arrived. The cultural impact of Caribbean, Guyanese, Indian and African people have had on England is vast. It is like living in what I call a pepper pot culture. Everybody is living in such a multicultural England yet retaining their individual personalities, sharing and learning from each other. It was especially paramount at school where we had to learn about each other’s cultures, food, dances, ideas, style of dressing yet at the same time engaging in a stiff upper lip British culture. When I first came, many people of color had to rent rooms in big houses. A lot of them were professionals who had to downsize because their academic qualifications were not recognized by the British. I totally remember living in a really big house, where there was Guyanese black, Indian, Spanish and Portuguese under one roof. We all got along as we were all in the same boat. Foreigners! The African and Caribbean culture was similar, apart from the language. We shared food dishes and learned each other’s music. When films such as Burning an Illusion and Pressure were produced in 1970s London, the films proved extremely important in understanding the collective identity formation and generational pressures of the people who migrated to Europe. They have had a great impact on the knowledge of black history. We are celebrating so many black films or films with black actors and are actively promoting these films via Black film nights. Usually the theatres are packed. There is a sudden surge of people wanting to watch these films. It is both educa-

Sherry Ann Dixon is a celebrated broadcast journalist, newspaper and magazine editor, and motivational speaker. Dixon was recently inducted into the Black 100+ Hall of Fame. The Black100+ Project is an exhibition of the top 100 black achievers in Britain. Dixon is also one of 23 women recently nominated for the Steven Lawrence Women’s Award. Named for the slain 18-year-old black youth whose 1993 murder galvanized London and forced its criminal justice system to enact new laws and reforms against racism, the award honors the achievements of the women of Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark.

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African-American soldiers fathered hundreds of German babies during WWII. The children became known as Brown Babies. / Courtesy photo

Cardwell is one of an estimated 100,000 biracial children born to German women and African-American servicemen

stationed in Europe during World War II. He was brought to the United States when he was three and grew up with a

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or much of his adult life, Daniel Cardwell has been immersed in a search for his identity and his past. He told an audience at Bowie State University recently that he remembers a childhood where he was never hugged or shown love by the couple who adopted him, and it was a childhood filled with “confusion, questions and secrets.” “I was a brown baby looking for mama, someone who wanted to belong. Abandonment and rejection are two emotions we all have,” said Cardwell during a panel discussion after the airing of the documentary, Brown Babies, The Mischlingkinder Story.

couple who raised him along with five other mixed race German children. Cardwell traveled to six times and spent 30 years and $250,000 in his quest for greater knowledge of his background and heritage. Doris McMillon, an award-winning journalist and president and chief strategic officer of the Fort Washington-based McMillon Communications – another brown baby, located her mother at age 30. “I have been in the news for 40 years. If you’re lost, I can find you,” she said. “I knew at five that I was adopted and wanted to find my mother. Hal Walker, a journalist colleague in Bonn, [Germany] helped me and on my 30th birthday, called me and said, ‘guess who I found?’ Initially, my mom felt guilty for giving me up, but I told her to get over it. I had a blessed life.” McMillon said she and her biological mother Josefine Reiser met and remain very close. She documented the search and reunion in the book Mixed Blessing and it was through the book that McMillon met Cardwell. After learning her father’s name – Ernest Barnett – she mentioned it during a newscast in New York and was able to connect with him as well. Mixed-race children born in post-war Germany were classified as genetic inferiors and social outcasts because of their black lineage. German women with these children were ostracized and in many cases, the

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fathers were shipped elsewhere and the women left without support. American military authorities discouraged these liaisons, and U.S. military policies

rejected any claims of paternity of these children in the Unitmade by German mothers. In ed States and American-born addition, black soldiers seeking socialite Mabel Grammer was to marry their white girlfriends instrumental in making that were generally prohibited as happen. The pioneer of what such unions violated U.S. mis- would was called inter-country adoption by proxy, Grammer cegenation laws. found homes for about 500 German authorities support-T:7.466” ed and encouraged the adoption mixed-race children. She and

her husband Oscar, a Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army, eventually adopted a dozen brown babies of their own. Regina Griffin, an award-winning Washington journalist, wrote, produced and directed Brown Babies, The Mischlingkinder Story. She said she felt com-

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pelled to shed light on a part of American and world history with which few people are familiar. “It was the most interesting and fascinating story I knew nothing about and so many other people didn’t know about,” she told the audience. “Cardwell and I spent hours and hours together, and he introduced me to other brown babies who wanted to be a part of this project. They are so brave to live such painful stories. They’re so very courageous.” Griffin developed the documentary – her first film – with her own money and focused on the stories of six brown babies. Brown Babies, which is co-produced and edited by Emmy Award-winner Charles Williams, won best documentary from the American Black Film Festival. “All my life, I thought, ‘we’ve got to tell this story,”’ McMillon said. “Dan and I are young and at the age we are, we’re going to die so we had to get this done. Regina took my hopes and dreams. The story has been told and now you all are part of history too.” BHM


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The month of February is a time to celebrate the visionaries and volunteers whose ties to the community remain strong year-round. Much like the leaders before them, our honorees strive for success as they continue to set paths so others may join them. We are committed to shining light on those who never fail to give back. To learn more, visit From left: Tony Hansberry II, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Harold & Tina Lewis, Grant & Tamia Hill, Chaka Khan & Mary-Pat Hector. ©2013 McDonald’s

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DIASPORA RISING haiti continued from Page 22 York to Haiti. I think if he could, he would have brought the whole of New York back to his family and friends. The counter agent at JFK had advised him to rearrange his baggage. He was there, kneeling on the floor taking things from one suitcase to another, pushing down hard to make sure that as much as possible could go in the one suitcase. The other Haitians in line amusingly were saying “come on brother, you can do it, you are Haitian.” So, I understand when you say that a staff at the Embassy told you “We are Haitian. As long as you still have life, there is work for you to do to help someone else.” Yes, there is always something to do in Haiti. After the earthquake, I knew that not much would change in Haiti precisely because of the people’s resilience. It was almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. I knew that people would soon be going about their business as if nothing had happened. That’s what scared me most for the future of

Haiti. Soon after they could circulate through the rubbles in Haiti, Haitians were walking down the streets to their neighbors, some street merchants, were trying to sell the little bit they had from their businesses, children were still trying to wipe-clean cars for a few half pennies, “tap-taps” were fishing for people, etc. And that was life as they know it. That’s life as those who can afford better think the people deserve and that’s why not much is being done to make things closer to equality in Haiti. The situation in Haiti is a result of both Haitians’ and foreigners’ actions. I can’t forget, but I can’t remember how many times I heard from so-called people who came to help in Haiti that “it’s better than nothing”, “it’s better than what they had”, “at least they got that” to justify the lack of seriousness they put in “helping with recovery!” There are some people who are truly helping, but sad to say in the majority of cases, the people who come to help are coming to help themselves. Investments are invested in the wrong places. Beautifying Haiti is not beautifying the people’s mind

Haitian schoolchildren smile for tourists. The Haitian people remain proud, resilient, and determined. / Courtesy photo

to shine in the future. There is much that needs to be done to reverse the forced fate of Haiti and its people. That is a collaborative work of everyone concerned – a true inclusive coming-together to frankly discuss problems and implement the best solutions. I have visited a few countries outside of Haiti. I can easily adapt

to where I go and would enjoy life almost anywhere. As a naturalized American having lived in the United States for a major part of my life, I have learned to live as an American at times -- that is living the life one lives when in America, as I would do like a French if I were living in France for instance. I have learned

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to think like an American and that is why I was hurt on September 11, that is why I understand President George W. Bush and President Barack H. Obama. But, consciously, the word Haiti always resounds in my mind. Haiti is in my heart. Haiti is the home where I want to be. Haiti is where there is much I can do and share. BHM

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Between 1500 and 1807, how many Black Britons were believed to have lived in England? a) Between 5,000 – 10,000 b) Between 10,000 – 20,000 c) More than 50,000

In 1948, first generation of migrant workers from the Caribbean traveled to England, and played an integral part in the origins of multi-cultural Britain. What was the name of the steamship upon which they traveled? a) SS Empire Windrush b) SS Queen Elizabeth II c) SS Southampton


The Nigerian film industry is the second largest in the world. What is it affectionately known as? a) Nigerialand b) Dream Cinema c) Bollywood


Haiti’s Founding Fathers are made up of four legendary men: Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture, Henri Christophe, Alexandre Petion and _______________? a)Michel Jacques b)Jean Jacques Dessalines c)Etienne Joseph


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Under the system of South African apartheid, white landowners moved the Khosian people from their homes into shantytowns and took possession of what percentage of the land? a) 60 percent b) 72 percent c) 87 percent

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DIASPORA RISING America welcomes Black British talent with open arms

It’s something in the walk, and perhaps, even a lilt in the voice that gives it away. A few pop culture critics recognized it in Idris Elba as the rough and tumble Stringer Bell on the Wire back in 2002, but couldn’t put a finger on it. Others bear witness to it now in actors like Eamonn Walker, Lennie James, Carmen Ejogo, and even singer Emeli Sande – that distinctive not-quite British accent. These performers are among a new breed of British-born blacks, whose training at royal theater companies and cross-cultural heritage – usually Caribbean or African – have produced some of the most powerful performances since the 1960s British music invasion. Cultural migrations are not uncommon between the U.S. and Europe – the Beatles and Rolling Stones, alone, co-opted the style, names, and songs of African-American blues musicians as a show of


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Eamonn Walker, Emeli Sande, and Lennie James are among the new black British performers being embraced by American audiences. / Courtesy photos

reverence and became international superstars as a result. However, in the black experience, cultural migration is documented most often as Americans gaining notoriety in Europe. Paul Roberson, James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, and Tina Turner,

all traveled to London and Paris, turning quickly into Anglophiles and Francophiles. For instance, long after the buzz over singer Tina Turner’s glorious 1985 comeback and the biopic of her life in 1993, European fans continued to court her celebrity. After years of living in

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.

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Europe, Turner said “If I’m in America for work, I find myself hankering to return. I may be an American in a foreign country, but I am very happy, very comfortable and very oriented here. Europe offers me security. It is a place where I have found more success, more appreciation, and that makes me feel comfortable.” The new British invasion showcases the talents of young, highly-sophisticated performances. “You take Eamonn Walker, who was introduced to American audiences as Kareem Said in HBO’s prison drama, Oz – his gaze is piercing, he has a command of the craft that makes viewers take note of him even when he is dead silent,” cultural historian Beulah Bell said. “When you see that level of intensity transition from one role to another – it is as powerful in Chicago Fire, Cadillac Records, or the BBC series Moses Jones, as in Oz – it demonstrates a true calling.” Bell said that though many American actors could similarly perform, she attributes the success of the new black British actors to American access to their British roles and a desire among African Americans to see more fully-developed portrayals. “BBC America, iPlayers, and the Hulu have had an enormous impact on introducing actors like Freema Agyeman, Aml Ameen and Noel Clarke to mainstream American audiences, but ultimately, it is the African American audience that has begun to gravitate towards 3-dimensional and complex characters like Elba’s John Luther and Lennie James’ DCI Tony Gates. Those types of characters have not always been so commonplace in American television and film. Face it, it’s a self-esteem boost when you hear Emeli Sande sing and hit those amazing notes even better live than recorded; it makes you proud to see young, gifted, and conscious black performers – who also speak the Queen’s English,” Bell said.BHM

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Connecting the Green Dots

It’s time for some Blacks leaders to end their narrow thinking about the issue of sustainability and the green economy. Mayor Vincent Gray is not among them. He recently released a forward-thinking plan, which he calls the Sustainable DC Plan ( which includes 32 goals, 31 targets, and 143 specific action items in the areas of the environment, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste and water. In the end, Gray hopes to make the District of Columbia the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the nation over the next 20 years. It’s a plan that allows the District to catch up with many cities on the west coast that lead the nation on environmental issues, and it puts the District on par with the environmental movement that’s sweeping the country. President Barack Obama talked about a national plan for sustainability in his State of the Union Address. In the next 20 years, he wants to end the wasteful use of energy and create new sources of energy that are cheaper and more environmentally friendly, as well. But Gray has his critics. Chief among them is Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry who was quoted in a Washington Post article written by Tim Craig as saying, “Black folks are concerned about the environment, but they are also concerned about jobs. Gardens on roofs are fine, but if you are hungry, it’s not enough. You might have clean air to breathe, but it doesn’t matter if you are also broke.” Mr. Barry’s point is well taken, but it’s not well thought through. Gray’s plan, as does the president’s, calls for jobs and job training which is essential to the success of this drastic environmental overhaul. And, while we respect and acknowledge the role Mr. Barry played in filling hundreds of jobs during his tenure as mayor, the jobs he filled no longer exist. The future for job seekers, including “Black folks” will hinge on the creation of a new green economy. The focus of any sustainable plan should be in neighborhoods like the ones Mr. Barry represents. Poorer neighborhoods are the ones in which environmental and civil rights advocates have identified as sites where environmental racism is predominant. They tend to be the closest to hazardous waste facilities and other “toxic spots” and where children have the greatest exposure to lead – the areas where asthma among children and adults is rampant. We encourage Mr. Barry to get on board with this new movement and begin to plant seeds in the schools and communities he serves. His constituents deserve a healthy, green and livable community. They also deserve the jobs it will take to build it.

Graham: Far from Over Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham received a reprimand from his colleagues on the D.C. Council last week. As a result, he was stripped of his authority to oversee the issuance of liquor licenses after it was discovered that he had improperly intervened in a D.C. Lottery contract dispute nearly four years ago. The bomb that dropped on Graham had been hanging over his head for quite some time. District residents had become frustrated by Graham’s apparent escape from justice, unlike his counterparts who include former Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas and At-Large Council member Kwame Brown. Thomas is currently serving 38 months in prison for misusing city funds, and Brown has been sentenced to six months of house arrest for lying on a mortgage application. Questions about Graham’s judgment and involvement in this current debacle, coupled with concerns over another incident involving a payment received by his chief of staff, and whether or not Graham accepted [the money] as a “bribe” continues to circulate throughout the District. The action the council has taken raises the respect of a collective community frustrated over the lapse in ethical decision making on the part of each council member, and it helps to improve the confidence District residents have for their city leaders. However, there’s reason to celebrate. Voters have lost faith in their elected officials. Even the willingness by some to police others, comes too late to eliminate the damage done in part by Graham, and others. Without defending himself, Graham essentially said, that he’s relieved that it’s over but in fact, that’s far from the truth. It’s not over until voters decide. That day is quickly approaching.

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Telling Our Story!

What a wonderful surprise to read about James Meredith in one of the Washington Informer’s most recent editions. A lot of what people know about civil rights leaders and just average citizens who stood up against racism and injustice is very limited. The writer, Shantella Sherman did a fabulous job of introducing this icon to many readers and reacquainting him with others who may have forgotten his plight during the civil right era. It’s great that Mr. Meredith is still fighting the good fight and looking wonderful at 79. I cannot wait to read Mr. Meredith’s new book. I wish him all the best in taking up the cause of our young people. He’s a true hero.   Mike Higginbotham Alexandria, Va.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Turning the Clock Back on Voting Rights Shelby County, Ala. is suing the Justice Department because they think that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its reauthorization in 1982 and 2006) is unfair. The facts: The small city of Calera redistricted its boundaries in a way that the sole African American councilman lost his seat. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act forced a new election with different boundaries, and Ernest Mont-

gomery regained his seat. Shelby County (which includes parts of Birmingham) objects to the provision of the Voting Rights Act that requires that areas with histories of past discrimination have changes to voting laws and boundaries monitored by the Justice Department. This would include many southern states, as well as areas, such as Alaska, that have historical discrimination against Native people, and Texas and parts of California, that have historic discrimination against Latinos.

They say that it’s all equal now and there is no need to monitor them. Not surprisingly, conservatives and the Attorney Generals of several affected states have filed amicus briefs to support Shelby County. These include the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. Additionally the usual suspects such as the Conservative Legal Defense Fund, the Cato Institute, the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Southeast Legal

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Foundation, among others, have lined up to support Shelby. It is not surprising that the conservative Project 21, nominally an African American organization, has lined up to support Shelby. It is more surprising that the National Black Chamber of Commerce has filed an amicus brief. I’d be most interested in leaning where the Black Chamber polled its membership before filing this brief. If I were a member, I’d have to cancel my membership. If my dues were used to support that nonsense,

I’d be repelled. I guess it just goes to show that “everybody brown ain’t down”, and raises questions about this organization. Many suggest that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act means there is no need for Section 5. While Section 2 allows lawsuits, it forces plaintiffs to show that changes in voting provisions are motivated by “invidious practices.” Section 5 says that those who are known to have engaged

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By Lee A. Daniels

The GOP’s Game: Political Chaos It’s déjà vu all over again. If this is America in the age of the Obama presidency, here we are at another point of political brinkmanship between the president and the Republicans in Congress. This time it’s over the automatic governmental tripwire of federal budget cuts called the sequester. As this column is being written, no agreement has been yet brokered that would

eliminate the sequester’s March 1 deadline for implementing $85 billion in spending reductions across such myriad federal agencies as the Department of Defense, Head Start, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and even funds for airport security. The entire amount of spending reductions would not have to be implemented immediately if the March 1 deadline for an agreement is missed. In fact, those cuts are slated to take ef-

fect in various federal agencies over the next nine years. But there’s no question the start-up of the sequester would cause significant damage. For one thing, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has warned they will have to “place the vast majority of (the department’s) civilian work force on administrative furlough,” and other officials have said that such actions as furloughing some air traffic controllers and shrinking some early-childhood programs would

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have to be taken. For another, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said that implementing the measures would reduce economic growth by 0.6 percent this year, enough to eliminate 750,000 jobs – developments the nation’s fragile economic recovery can hardly afford. Other analysts estimate the number of lost jobs at closer to 1 million. But, albeit the disruption and economic hardship the cuts will cause immediately if they have

to begin to be implemented, the sequester is only a pawn in the game the Republican Party has been playing since President Obama took office. That game has one goal: political chaos. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne wrote last week that “time is what Washington is wasting on an utterly artificial crisis, driven not by economics but by ideology, partisan interest and an obsession over a word –

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

More Meteors Coming Our Way

We should not have been as surprised as we were. The 10ton, 55-feet meteor that struck Russia on Friday, February 15 unleashed 500 kilotons of energy – at least 30 times that unleashed at Hiroshima in 1945. More than a thousand people were injured and heavy damage was done in the vicinity of the meteor. And this was a small meteor. The February 15th incident

should be taken as a wake-up call to the nature of universe in which we live. While the February 15th meteor was the largest strike in a century, the reality is that there are even more dangerous objects in space, some of which have or will come quite close to Earth. It is the case that some dangers can simply not be prevented. The February 15th meteor, for example, was relatively small and hard to detect. But there are species-ending objects in space that are being watched and for

which we will need to be prepared. Over time there have been various commercial films that suggest dangers that exist from various space objects. Generally speaking, in those films Earth survives a strike or a near strike, though there is always some degree of damage. Yet there have been moments in the history of the planet when there have been serious strikes. The dinosaurs, for instance, were very likely annihilated as a result of the “nuclear winter” that resulted from

the collision of an object with Earth, the result of which was a dramatic shift in the climate. At a moment in time when elected officials are focusing so much of their attention on cutting budgets rather than identifying the real needs of the population, it may seem a bit strange to emphasize the need for space exploration and preparedness. Yet that is precisely what is necessary. In 2029, an object designated as “99942 Apophis” will come very close to Earth. There were some predictions that it

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might strike, the results of which would be disastrous. Objects such as these will need to have their trajectories deflected in such a manner as to get them out of harm’s way. That means resources will need to be put into the necessary technology. I can only imagine what the Tea Party’s response would be to such suggestions. As long as we view events such as the February 15th meteor as an aberration in an other-

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

What Killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin? Tuesday, February 26 marked one year since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a gun wielded by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman after he saw Trayvon walking home from a 7-Eleven with a bag of Skittles and bottle of Arizona iced tea. Black children, youths, and families know first-hand that the killing of Black children by gun violence is not new but a relentlessly unreported and under-re-

ported plague that has been disproportionately snuffing out Black child lives for a very long time. Fifteen percent of children and teens are Black but 45 percent of all children and youths killed by guns in 2010 were Black. Black boys 15 to 19 years old were 28 times more likely than White boys the same age to be killed in a gun homicide. Shortly after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that it was time for our nation to do some soul-searching, and

while the question “Who killed President Kennedy?” was important, answering the question “What killed President Kennedy?” was even more critical. Dr. King believed the answer was that “our late President was assassinated by a morally inclement climate”: “It is a climate filled with heavy torrents of false accusation, jostling winds of hatred, and raging storms of violence. It is a climate where men cannot disagree without being disagreeable, and where they express dissent through vi-

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shooting and the technique of killing, by allowing all these developments, we have created an atmosphere in which violence and hatred have become popular pastimes.” The same winds of hatred, storms of violence, and easy access to and glorification of guns that Dr. King believed killed President Kennedy would soon also kill Dr. King. Fifty years after Dr. King described our morally inclement climate, the

olence and murder. It is the same climate that murdered Medgar Evers in Mississippi and six innocent Negro children in Birmingham, Alabama.” Dr. King further noted that the undercurrents of hatred and violence that made up this morally inclement climate were fueled by our cultural embrace of guns: “By our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, by allowing our movie and television screens to teach our children that the hero is one who masters the art of

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By James Clingman

Edward Robinson – An Unknown Giant My offering to Black History Month is dedicated to a man whom I knew and by whom I had the pleasure of seeing history being made right before my eyes. His words rang out in prose and song on the initial occasion of our meeting in Philadelphia in 1999. On many occasions thereafter, I was blessed to share meals with him, listen to his speeches, learn from his wis-

dom, and enjoy the splendor and “shade” of this tall, deep-rooted, majestic tree known as Edward Robinson, PhD. (1918-2012). Not as well-known as other Black historical figures but equally important, Robinson is known for his unrelenting dedication and commitment to teaching the history of the African continent, with a very special emphasis on assuring that our young people know and appreciate their African history. Far be it from me to make any attempt at telling the Edward

Robinson story in its entirety. His wife, Harriette, along with folks such as Bob Lott, television producer and director, Ali and Helen Salahuddin, founders of the d’Zert Club, and too many others to name are far better suited to tell his story. But my limited knowledge of this giant will certainly not limit everyone from knowing more about him because there is an upcoming television docudrama on his life and work planned to be released in this summer. Co-author of the book, Jour-


ney of the Songhai People, Robinson always emphasized the importance of Black people dealing with the problems we face rather than their symptoms. One major problem he always reminded us of is that we (and others) have been programmed to hate everything African about ourselves. He worked hard, through writing, lecturing, and film to teach us African history; he had a unique sense of selflove and an exceptional ability to connect with people. His mantra centered on “race esteem”

among Black people. Robinson believed very strongly in African-centered education and worked for years to get the curriculum he developed taught in the Philadelphia public school system. As a result, he was successful in making the teaching of African history mandatory for the 180,000 student population. Mentor to brothers and sisters of all ages, Robinson always made time to assist others

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By Askia Muhammad

What Good Is Malcolm X? What good is Malcolm X? What good is Askia Muhammad? What good is Louis Farrakhan? This is an exercise in understanding Orwellian Doublespeak. Apologies to those giants for mentioning my own name in the same breath as theirs, but I wish to make a point about the way some things operate in our Orwellian world. You see, like

Brother Malcolm and like Brother Farrakhan, I had a personal relationship with The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I was Editor of Muhammad Speaks, the Nation of Islam’s official newspaper and under the direct supervision of Mr. Muhammad. Back to answer my original question. In the abiding scheme of things in this Orwellian world, I can quickly say I have no value, outside of the value every other person has in the eyesight of the Creator. By the same criteria I reckon my own value to be

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worthless in American currency, I don’t think Brother Farrakhan has much worth either – we’re still talking Orwellian here – but even in death Brother Malcolm is a gold mine, even to those who hate him. In this Black History Month season just now ending, there is always a flurry of activity around Feb. 21, the anniversary of the murder of Malcolm X. There are countless speeches, symposia, and other events canonizing Brother Malcolm, seemingly now at the expense of BrothThe Washington Informer

er Farrakhan, who would be blamed for the assassination. I say “would be blamed for the assassination” because I am convinced that Minister Farrakhan had nothing to do with the events at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. The real villains skillfully manipulated the emotions surrounding Brother Malcolm’s departure from the Nation of Islam (NOI) into an emotion-filled feud, and then were able to “kill two birds with one stone,” murdering Brother Malcolm, their arch-nemesis, and

blaming his mentor and teacher, Mr. Muhammad, the NOI, and now Brother Farrakhan for the crime. Genius. Mad men, brilliant mad men. They convicted three men of the murder, even though two of them were innocent. The police and the prosecutors knew that two of those convicted were innocent. The one man who was captured at the scene of the assassination, always insisted the other men were innocent. To no

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On Feb. 19, Paul McElligott received praise for his 30 years of service to the poor and the underserved at the historic Howard Theatre in Northwest. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

A recent report stated that 600 homeless children live in the District’s shelter for homeless families at D.C. General Hospital in Southeast. The number adds to the more than 1,800 homeless children in the city, according to statistics provided by a District nonprofit, which provides legal representation to low- and no-income clients. One-third of District residents are illiterate and white wealth compared to black wealth is at a ratio of 20 to 1, said philanthropist Paul McElligott. Abysmal numbers like these led McElligott to leave a law career in 1983 to become executive director of a community development corporation – the North Capitol Neighborhood Development – in Northwest, where he worked to protect homeownership during redevelopment of the area. “I hate poverty in the richest country in the world, and I hate it’s the highest rate in 30 years,” said McElligott, 75, who, after 14 years heading the development corporation, became executive director of the Perry School Community Services Center in Northwest. In October, he retired from the Perry Center after 15 years, but will continue to serve as a senior advisor. McElligott addressed an audience paying tribute to his service

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to the poor on Feb. 19 at the historic Howard Theatre in Northwest. “This is a wonderful evening for me, it’s something I won’t ever forget,” McElligott said. A long list of well-wishers crossed Howard’s stage to reminisce about the ways McElligott made an impact. Mayor Vincent Gray joined Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and interim At-Large Council member Anita Bonds in a “Tribute to Paul McElligott” in recognition of his 30 years of service to the North Capitol Street corridor, also called the Northwest One neighborhood. “This stage is where many great performers have been, including

James Brown, the hardest working man in show business,” said Gray, 70, who issued a proclamation declaring Feb. 19 as Paul McElligott Day. “Isn’t it fitting we’re here to celebrate the hardest working man in the District. His work around poverty and the Perry Center is the fulfillment of a dream.” Bonds, who referred to McElligott as “my friend,” said “whatever he’s doing, he does it with compassion.” She worked with the Perry Center, a nonprofit that uses holistic and integrative approaches to social services, economic empowerment and youth development – strategies to alleviate poverty that lead to positive outcomes. Its mission is to provide a model

of community transformation for the future. Opened in 1997, the Perry Center was the brainchild of McElligott, Sister Diane Roach from the Northwest One parish, and Alverta Munlyn, an advocate for, and former resident of Sursum Corda, a cooperative housing complex bounded by K and M Streets between North Capitol and First Streets. They focused on revitalizing a blighted community, and set their sights on a boarded-up building at the corner of M Street and New York Avenue. For the next decade, the community and the Perry Center tracked down $6.8 million in funding, development partners and political supporters. “I’ve never met anyone like Paul and I’m not an easy person,” said Munlyn, the co-founder. “He said, ‘it’s the parents we need to educate too,’ and he helped them become homeowners. You’ve given me so much hope and you’ve helped all our dreams come true. There’ll never be another Paul.” Emceed by WUSATV9 anchor JC Hayward, the tribute featured speakers from multiple backgrounds. Besides council members and advisory neighborhood commissioners, nonprofits like Bright Beginnings, the Father McKenna Center, a homeless shelter and

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businesses like The Robert Bobb Group joined the parade of supporters who acknowledged McElligott for helping change lives; or for being the catalyst and visionary who helped to change entire communities. Born in Fitchburg, Mass., McElligott attended Georgetown University Law Center. He became a partner at Ragan & Mason, a corporate and administrative law firm in D.C., and enjoyed a 20-year career. He chaired a social concerns committee at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown where he found mentors who led him to the North Capitol Street area. He assisted in parish outreach at St. Aloysius Church and developed volunteer opportunities beyond the soup kitchen. That’s where, he found his calling. “My legacy is begging,” said McElligott who’s raised $20 million in grants and private funds for the Perry Center. “This award is for others. The real legacy is the young person who struggled to become the first in his family to go to college; the ex-offender who’s earning a GED and staying out of crime; and the homeless parent who works to get a house for herself and her kids.” wi

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Sissoko and Segal March 1 “- one of Europe’s buzzed about world music recordings” –Six Degrees International music stars Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal draw from deep musical traditions to create fresh world music rhythms with a refined edge.

Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project Conceived and created by Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd Directed by Patricia McGregor

March 8 & 9 Lauded as “intense, provocative, and honorable” by The New York Times, Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project unites jazz composer / pianist sensation Vijay Iyer and spoken word phenomenon Mike Ladd with veteran / poet Maurice Decaul and more. This innovative “documentary concert” sheds musical and poetic light on what it means for American soldiers of color to return home from war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harlem Stage is the Commissioner of Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, through its WaterWorks program. The world premiere was at The Harlem Stage Gatehouse Sep. 19-22, 2012. WaterWorks is supported by Time Warner and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Donna Brazile Presses on to Realize MLK’s Dream By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Donna Brazile has been involved in politics since the age of nine. The New Orleans native and Washington, D.C. power broker has, in her words, been cooking with grease and stirring the pots in America for quite some time. “I’ve had many experiences,” Brazile said. “I’ve worked on every presidential campaign since Jimmy Carter and I’m glad to have been at the table of American history when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.” Brazile, 53, was born in Kenner, La. One of nine children, she said she was afraid of the swamp creatures, which proved the only things to have ever frightened the tough-as-nails political mover and shaker. She fought her first political campaign as a little girl, successfully campaigning for a city council candidate who promised to build a playground in her neighborhood.

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Like many African Americans, Brazile’s life changed profoundly on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated and she said that event prompted her to dedicate her life to political and social activism. “We’ve come a long way since Dr. King’s historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” Brazile said. “We’re not there yet. We’re still on the path of freedom and equality. We know that today little black boys and little black girls can’t always sit at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood. We know that people of color are still judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character,” she said. The founder and managing director of the D.C.-based consultant, grassroots and advocacy training firm, Brazile & Associates, she’s a much sought after Democratic political strategist. She is the vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee in Southeast.

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She is also former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute also located in Southeast. “I come from a place where talking politics comes as naturally as stirring a pot of seafood gumbo,” said Brazile, author of the critically-acclaimed book, “Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in America.” “Cooking with grease is a metaphor for how to keep things cooking in American politics,” she said. “It’s hard to get anywhere in life without stirring things up. For a Louisana native, I like to stir up my native dishes like dirty rice, gumbo, and red beans. Something special.” Brazile served as chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton where she helped guide the District’s budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill. She became the first African-American woman ever to run a major presidential campaign when she guided Al Gore’s 2000 bid for the White House. An adjunct professor at

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BRAZILE continued from Page 36 Georgetown University, Brazile’s schedule also includes writing a regular column for Ms. Magazine, O, the Oprah Magazine, and as an on-air contributor for CNN, and ABC News. She has also dabbled in acting, with cameo appearances on the CBS television series, “The Good Wife.” O, the Oprah Magazine, chose Brazile as one of its 20 remarkable visionaries for the magazine’s first “O Power List.” She was also named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine and was named among the Top 50 Most Powerful Women by Essence Magazine. A recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement, Brazile said plenty of work remains. In an emotional speech Feb. 7 at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Northwest, Brazile spoke of the importance of Black History Month and she also spoke fondly of her late father, Lionel Brazile, Sr., whom she recently lost. “When I think of my father, of how proud he’d be of his little Donna speaking to the Veterans Administration, and of what he

went through,” Brazile said. “My father’s life was a journey on that freedom and equality road. He walked it every day, sometimes running, sometimes stumbling, but he never got lost, never went down a side street or a blind alley. He always knew the sign posts, and always knew which way to go, which path led to freedom and equality.” Brazile said she’s still reeling from the loss of her father, a decorated Korean War veteran, and, most recently, her sister. But, she said, the fight to realize King’s dream continues. “Round numbers give us a sense of completion. So we celebrate them,” she said. “[It’s been] 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, 50 years since the March on Freedom. But those dates and those events are not islands unto themselves. It is a long day’s journey to the crossroads, where the signs point the direction that says ‘this way freedom and equality, that way the opposite.” Brazile noted that the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on Jan.1, 1863 despite being announced three months earlier on Sept. 22, 1862. She said the Constitution was ratified on Sept. 17, 1787, but it took 75 years before “We the people” included African Americans.

“There were in our history many half-steps and false steps,” she said. “The Missouri Compromise, the Dred Scott Decision and Amistad, which ironically means friendship in Spanish, a ship carrying 54 Africans to a life of slavery. They freed themselves, but ended up imprisoned in America, waiting for the Supreme Court to decide if they were salvage property or free human beings.” Brazile said so much of the dream is still just a dream. “We are not yet an oasis of freedom and justice although, in some ways, the re-election of Obama is more significant than his election four years ago,” she said. “I say this not because I’m a Democrat,” Brazile said. “But, because this time, the dog whistles of racism were called out and condemned by people of faith and goodwill on both sides of the aisle. So, as we move forward on issues such as immigration reform, and on reducing gun violence that is killing our children and stealing our souls, as we come together to confront the challenges of energy, economy and environment, we must remember that we are moving forward as well toward that more perfect union.”wi

“When I think of my father, of how proud he’d be of his little Donna speaking to the Veterans Administration, and of what he went through,. My father’s life was a journey on that Donna Brazile. / Courtesy Photo freedom and equality road. He walked it every day, sometimes running, sometimes stumbling, but he never got lost, never went down a side street or a blind alley. He always knew the sign posts, and always knew which way to go, which path led to freedom and equality.”

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Like anyone else, James Brown had a dark side. “No one is getting up every day and smelling like roses,” said Deanna Brown Thomas, the late Godfather of soul’s daughter. By dark side, Brown Thomas laughingly referred to the many children the soul legend fathered and how difficult it was even for her to recall everyone’s age. Collectively, Brown’s family is working diligently to preserve his legacy, one that is unparalleled in the world of music and entertainment. “Look at those he influenced. The Maceo Parkers, Fred Wesleys, George Clintons,” Brown Thomas said. “I believe it is important to remember the hard work dad put in and the fact that he is so revered for his work, is so remarkable.” The family recently agreed to a deal with Imagine Entertainment and rock legend Mick Jagger to create a biopic about Brown. “I believe the movie is going to be one of those films to impact future generations because dad touched so many people,” Brown Thomas said. “His music has been a beacon to people all over the world,” she said. James Brown was born in South Carolina on May 3, 1933. By the age of four, Brown’s parents had separated and sent him to Augusta, Ga., to live with other family members during the Great Depression. Brown left school after the 7th grade to help support the family. The Washington Informer

In 1955, Brown joined “The Gospel Starlighters,” a group that eventually was renamed “The Famous Flames.” The group moved to Macon, Ga., where they eventually opened for such legends as B.B. King and Ray Charles. Ultimately, the group would go on to record the hit song, “Please, Please, Please,” which became Brown’s first big single. A slew of hits would follow, including songs like “Try Me,” “Night Train,” “Papa’s Gotta Brand New Bag,” and so many others that cemented Brown as the “hardest working man in show business.” Brown died on Dec. 25, 2006. He left behind a legacy that included songs such as “Sex Machine,” “Say it Loud, (I’m Black and I’m Proud),” “The Big Payback,” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s World.” Brown also proved to be the inspiration for such superstars as Prince, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, and others. His music has been sampled more times than any other artist and his estate is still bombarded with use requests from rap and music artists like Will Smith. The magnitude of her father’s impact on popular culture eventually struck Brown Thomas while she was attending school at Towson State University in Towson, Md., she said. “I was reading the encyclopedia and I came across dad. But, when I saw all of us, all of his children mentioned, it really hit me how important dad was,” she said. Brown Thomas, 44, was born in Queens, N.Y. She performed on stage with her famous father

several times, but said some of her fondest memories were of taking limousine rides into poor areas with her dad. “We’d go into these areas and he’d see guys on the streets, on skid row, and he’d get out and pass out $50 to each person and say, ‘Brother, this is no way to live, take this and clean yourself up and get something to eat,’” Brown Thomas said. The fact that it was James Brown appeared to mean even more than the money, she said. “It seemed to pick these people up in ways you couldn’t imagine,” Brown Thomas said. “That was dad, though, a big heart. Here is a man with a 7th grade education, but he was able to talk to people at all levels and do so effectively,” she said. An entrepreneur, Brown Thomas heads the Brown Family Children Foundation whose mission is to continue her father’s legacy of charitable giving. The foundation targets children in poor communities across the nation for music initiatives that provide instruments and mentorship programs. Through the foundation, Brown Thomas has also been able to continue her father’s annual turkey and toy giveaway in Augusta, Ga. “My father’s story is an American story, not just an African-American one,” Brown Thomas said. “He had a dream like any other young child and he went through some tough times because he was poor. But, it is important for us to keep his legacy and share the richness of his life.” wi

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RIES Get in touch with those who can help you achieve your goals. Place the accent on initiative. Romance, passion and work are singing in harmony this week and tonight. Soul Affirmation: My love for myself is the most important love for me to have. Lucky Numbers: 9, 35, 41 TAURUS Joy this week comes from love. You are especially attractive. Stage your week so that you spend time around people you want to attract. It is easy for you to bring harmony into your relationships. Your ability to communicate is greatly enhanced. Use it to your best advantage. Soul Affirmation: The success of others is the investment I make in myself. Lucky Numbers: 30, 45, 46 GEMINI Are you spending money with little or nothing to show for it? This is because you’re looking for something that money can’t buy. Now is a good time to spend some of your emotional currency, and don’t be cheap. You’ll create a situation in which people will work hard to please you. Soul Affirmation: Friendships are shock absorbers on the bumpy roads of life. Lucky Numbers: 16, 50, 52 CANCER You may like to go to war, but avoid an argument with a friend; it will slow down all the wonderful progress you’ve been making. Your patience will be tested this week, stay on task.Soul Affirmation: I smile and trust in the powers beyond myself. Lucky Numbers: 2, 20, 23 LEO Skip it! Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’ll only bring you down. Don’t run around inside your own head this week. Focus your awareness outside on something beautiful. Compromise is a key idea this week. Soul Affirmation: Jewelry reflects the beauty of my feelings about myself. Lucky Numbers: 40, 43, 49 VIRGO Someone in the family is ready to give you something. Open yourself up to it. Home improvement –mental, physical and spiritual– is this week’s best theme. Seek the simple pleasures from a neglected hobby this week. Soul Affirmation: I love charming, positive head games. Lucky Numbers: 18, 24, 36 DCTV STATION

LIBRA How efficient you are this week! Your busy mind is focused on productivity and achievement. Both come easily to you, so take your advantage and press forward. Soul Affirmation: I see myself as a finisher rather than a starter this week. Lucky Numbers: 11, 12, 53 SCORPIO Entertainment and companionship are high on your list of things to enjoy this week. Use your mental gifts to speed carefully through your work so that you’ll have more time for fun this week. Soul Affirmation: This week silence speaks loudest and truest. Lucky Numbers: 5,15, 31 SAGITTARIUS Your only real caution this week is to watch your budget. Other than that, happiness remains the focus, as relationships heat happily up. Your family is very supportive and loving right now; let them meet your new admirer. Soul Affirmation: I speak my mind knowing that truth is my best defense this week. Lucky Numbers: 4, 14, 33 CAPRICORNHappiness with partners remains the order of the week. Relations between partners are exceptionally harmonious right now. You are in sync with loved ones. Much is being accomplished by your attitude. Don’t overdo your physical workout. Soul Affirmation: I master fear by knowing that all is well. Lucky Numbers: 2, 19, 37 AQUARIUS The time has come to forgive and forget. Take the first step in reconciling a friendship. You thought no one knew, but you may be romantically attracted to an old pal. Soul Affirmation: Friendships are treasures I cherish. Lucky Numbers: 14, 44, 54 PISCES Romantic daydreams may distract you from work this week; try to stay focused, but also enjoy your mental trips to romantic sunnier spaces. These images will inspire you to take action regarding a trip or get-together with your honey. Soul Affirmation: I let my dreams take over my mind to provide enjoyment. Lucky Numbers: 27, 32, 41

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Child Prodigy, Talk of the Oscars

Quvenzhane Wallis to Star in New ‘Annie’ Film By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer The nine-year-old wunderkind didn’t win the Oscar for Best Actress Sunday night in Los Angeles, but what Quvenzhane Wallis did win was the hearts of everyone who watched the telecast. That also included her much older colleagues in the motion picture industry. “She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer,” said Hannah Minghella, president of production at Columbia Pictures, the company that recently announced it has cast Quvenzhane as the lead in the Will and Jada Smith upcoming big screen production of “Annie.”

Seated directly in front of Best Actor nominee Denzel Washington and a host of other Hollywood veterans, Quvenzhane enthusiastically waved her arms in the air each time a clip of her movie, “Beast of the Southern Wild,” was shown at the Dolby Theatre. And, when Jennifer Lawrence’s name was called as Best Actress, the little girl didn’t hesitate to applaud her competitor and maintain a smile as bright as her Hollywood future. “Adorable and bright,” E! News’ Ryan Seacrest said. Quvenzhane’s portrayal of six-year-old, “Hushpuppy,” in “Beast of the Southern Wild,” made her the youngest Best Actress nominee in history. The movie is set in a forgotten Bayou

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community that’s separated from the rest of the world by a levee. Hushpuppy lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s mission, though sometimes obscured by his eccentric behavior, is to prepare Hush-

puppy for a world of danger and uncertainty and perhaps to become an orphan. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness and things totally unravel, Hushpuppy sets out on a mission to find her mother. “It’s been crazy,” Quvenzhane told Seacrest at the Oscars.

While the Oscar ride has been a wild one for the young star, she may choose to take a page out of the Hollywood survival book of the Best Actor nominated Washington.

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LIFESTYLE AWARDS continued from Page 40 The Malcolm X star, who has won two Academy Awards for his roles in “Training Day,” and “Glory,” said he doesn’t often associate with other actors. “Even within the industry, I don’t have any actor friends,” Washington told Us magazine just before the show. “My friends are old friends. One’s an ex-music guy, the other’s a restaurant owner and the other’s an ex-pro ball player.” Washington said the various parties and Hollywood gatherings aren’t important to him because those events are often filled with people kissing up to one another. “Maybe, I’m not a butt kisser,” Washington said. “Maybe, I’m not a schmoozer. I’m not about to go to a par-

ty to try to get a job. And then when you have children, the other friends become other parents. We’d coach baseball or basketball. My wife and I were raised right,” he said. Washington also scoffed at the notion of being a celebrity. “I’m a working actor,” he said. “What’s a celebrity anyway? Paris Hilton’s a celebrity. I’m just a working actor.” Washington was nominated for his role in the movie, “Flight,” but the Oscar went to Daniel Day Lewis for his portrayal of “Lincoln.” Shortly after the ceremony, it was announced that “Flight,” would be released Friday in India. Washington plays a pilot in the movie who experiences a life change after he performs a daring maneuver during an airplane crash and saves the day. While

Quentin Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Oscars for Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx portrays a freed slave who sets out to rescue his wife in Django Unchained. /Courtesy Photo he’s initially hailed as a hero, investigators discovered that the pilot was intoxicated. Like many others, Washington appeared to enjoy the festivities which included stirring performances by Jennifer Hudson,

Adele, and Barbra Streisand. “Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck, won Best Picture as first lady Michelle Obama and actor Jack Nicholson helped to present the award to Affleck. Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Les Miserables” while Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” Taranti-

no also won for Best Original Screenplay for “Django Unchained.” The Best Director prize went to Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” a movie that also won Best Musical Score. Halle Berry introduced a tribute to the James Bond franchise of movies, which celebrated its 50th anniversary. wi

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usic history was made in Atlanta last night, as Jermaine Dupri pulled off an epic concert at the Fox Theatre to celebrate So So Def’s 20th Anniversary. The stage was like a “who’s who” in chart-topping acts, as everyone from Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Lil Jon, Monica, Kris Kross, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Xscape (Latocha and Tamika Scott), T-Pain, Lil Scrappy, Youngbloodz, Bonecrusher, Dem Franchize Boyz, J-Kwon, Dondria, and Pastor Troy took the sold-out crowd on a musical trip down memory lane. The Fox Theatre was alive with the sounds of classic songs like “Money Ain’t a Thang” (JD & Jay-Z), “Jump” (Kris Kross), “Yeah” (Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon), “Who Can I Run To” (Xscape), “I Gotta Be” (Jagged Edge), “Welcome to Atlanta” (JD, Ludacris), “Give It 2 U” (Da Brat), “I Think They Like Me” (Dem Franchize Boyz), “Coming From Where I’m From” (Anthony Hamilton) and so many more! “I’ve made more hits with this man than anyone else,” said Usher, acknowledging Dupri on stage. “Congratulations to my friend, JD!” said Mariah, as she wheeled out a cake at the end of the show. Overwhelmed by the energy of the crowd and the support and well-wishes of his celebrity friends, Dupri was humbled: “Wow…this is crazy,” he said. “We did it! Thank you everyone – the fans, the artists.. ain’t nobody f’in with my clique!” / Courtesy photos

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Coppin State guard Shawntae Payne drives to the basket early in the first half as Howard guard Imani Bailey tries to block the shot. Coppin State defeated Howard 71-64 on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the first game of a doubleheader at Burr Gymnasium in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas


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Lamont Peterson vs. Kendall Holt Referee Tony Weeks intervenes 1 minute 42 seconds into the eighth round of the International Boxing Federation’s junior welterweight championship fight on Friday, Feb. 22 at the D.C. Armory in Southeast. Lamont Peterson defeated Kendall Holt by TKO. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Lamont Peterson connects with a hard right hand punch to the face of Kendall Holt in the fifth round of the International Boxing Federation’s junior welterweight championship fight on Friday, Feb. 22 at the D.C. Armory in Southeast. Lamont Peterson defeated Kendall Holt by TKO. /Photo by John E. De Freitas Kendall Holt takes a pounding from Lamont Peterson in the sixth round of the International Boxing Federation’s junior welterweight championship fight on Friday, Feb. 22 at the D.C. Armory in Southeast. Lamont Peterson defeated Kendall Holt by TKO. /Photo by John E. De Freitas.

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Under leadership of the Rev. Dr. Frank D. Tucker, First Baptist Church in Northwest hosted a 150th anniversary celebration featuring iconic gospel article Shirley Caesar. The event was held Saturday Feb. 23 at the Lincoln Theatre on historic U Street. Pastor Shirley Caesar has traveled the world spreading the Word and breaking down barriers for other gospel artists. The 11-time Grammy Award winner has truly exemplified gospel music to the core. She has performed for U.S. presidents and world leaders, yet is also at home pastoring to a thriving church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Shirley Caesar started out in the early 1960s singing with the gospel group “The Caravans,” before going on to become a solo artist in 1966. During her stellar career, Caesar has released more than 30 solo albums. After 150 years of holding up the banner of Christ, the congregation at First Baptist Church in Northwest paused to celebrate the great things God has done. The desire was to make known the struggles and blessings of our amazing “Journey of Faith” that began in 1861, when a group of former slaves from Caroline, Spotsylvania, Louisa and Orange counties, Va., assembled on the government camp grounds at 6th and B Streets in Southwest Washington. Aided by white ministers from the Freedmen’s Bureau, the



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group held meetings and prayed. A council of white and colored ministers was called to recognize this body of Christians as a church. As the first organized Baptist church in Southwest, we were named the “First Baptist Church of Southwest Washington” in1863. Throughout the years, the church has grown tremendously in membership and ministries. There have been 13 pastors and three church homes in our history. In 1958, the First Baptist Church of Southwest moved to its present location at 712 Randolph St. in Northwest. In addition to the beautiful edifice of worship, the church has acquired four properties and extended their ministries to include a Child Development Center, Senior Center, and Community Health and Outreach Services (Church Association for Community Services, Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, and the AIDS Conversation Center), to name a few. The church began 2013 with a season of praying and fasting. The year-long celebration will feature concerts, fashions from different periods, gospel proclamations, and reflections on the journey. They will also publish the history of the fellowship and a pictorial directory of current members and highlight First Baptist’s worldwide influence through a foreign mission conference and support service. wi

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Fanning the Flames of the Diabetes Epidemic Part 3 This is a six-part series, originally published online 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. Last week, you read Part Two. Those of you who have followed this column faithfully will be able to witness the devastation, and you will learn how to avoid the horrors associated with diabetes. My mother only lived 12 years after her diagnosis. 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 to amputations, had to have kidney dialysis for the last few years of her life; and she had at least seven strokes in 12 years. She was my age, 61 when she had her first major stroke, it caused paralysis. She ended up in Howard University Hospital, and it was during this particular hospital stay that her diabetes was discovered. Last week, I shared the definition of diabetes mellitus, and how we get it. This week, I’m continuing with that research. The problem dates back to the beginning of the slave trade, documented as beginning in 1790, and for those enslaved individuals, food was still scarce, thus the “thrifty genes” protected them. If you research the documentation found on record at the National Archives and Records Administration, slaves received ra-

tions. It really doesn’t matter what their diets consisted of because African people hundreds of years ago, roamed around freely on the African continent, in townships like Johannesburg, Freetown, Rwanda, Sudan and Sierra Leone. What does matter is the fact that those Africans who managed to survive the slave trade here in America, arrived on the shores very strong. The majority of them worked in the fields from the time that the sun rose until sundown, six days a week, and in many cases, seven days a week. Slaves ate scraps, like hog mauls, chitterlings, pigtails, pig feet, pig ears, and they drank milk from a trough alongside other animals. African people were no longer in their homeland, so to live, they had to eat whatever was made available to them, they were fed last, after the horses and the pigs, that’s when they received whatever was left – the scraps. In an effort to prepare delicious meals, the women worked at creating recipes that they could all enjoy. They loved collard greens with fat back meat, and learned to bake sweet potato pies, cleaned chitterlings and made them into a delicacy to be eaten on special occasions. They made pots of beans seasoned with ham hocks, or pigtails, and they seasoned the majority of the food with pork, a harmful, but longstanding tradition that still continues today. They made homemade biscuits from self-rising, white flour and lard, learned to make hush puppies, candied yams, all types of potatoes, and corn bread. African people became Americanized beginning in the late 1700s.

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with Lyndia Grant They had a very different diet than European Americans. Even though this wasn’t a “good” or “healthy” diet for the slaves, they ate it, they enjoyed it, and they were able to sustain themselves easily. They worked so very hard in the fields 12-16 hours a day. According to the National Institutes of Health, the work made the difference, 10-12 hours each day of physical labor, that’s a lot of time spent exercising! Plus, they had the so-called “thrifty genes” which allowed their bodies to preserve food in an appropriate manner, when food was scarce. (Continued next week)wi Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on a Radio One Network, WYCB-AM, 1340. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m. She is working with All Nations Baptist Church to host a health fair. First prize for most weight lost is a new car. Call 202-518-3192 or send emails to to register.

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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

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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

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

Church of Living Waters

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

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

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

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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”

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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

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

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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

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“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

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

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

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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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.

Elber Francis Whiting, whose address is 6423 24th Place, Hyattsville, MD 20782, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Elmer M. Whiting, who died on November 26, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 28, 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 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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Administration No. 2013 ADM 126 Marie Scarborough 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 Michael L. Shorter, whose address is 1112 Chaplin Street, SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Marie Scarborough, who died on August 28, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 28, 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 28, 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 28, 2013 Michael L. Shorter Personal Representative

Administration No. 2013 ADM 122 Helen D. Gray aka Helen Delores Gray Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Edwina Gray, whose address is 923 11 Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Helen D. Gray aka Helen Delores Gray, who died on January 12, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 28, 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 28, 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 28, 2013 Edwina Gray Personal Representative



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performed by mad men. They made evil fair-seeming in a wicked world of tricks and lies. By this convoluted calculus Brother Farrakhan has no value. That is because he stands by Mr. Muhammad and staunchly defends his teacher. By the same token, Brother Malcolm is celebrated in this society, not for the truths he told about this wicked country which subjected Black people to the worst cruelty under slavery that has ever been known to man, but rather because he turned against the man who put those words of truth and condemnation into his mouth in the first place. What good is Malcolm X?

He is like a propaganda gift that keeps on giving, because those who hated him when he was in the NOI, and continue to hate Mr. Muhammad, the NOI, and Brother Farrakhan who restored the NOI according to Mr. Muhammad’s teachings; because those who hated both Mr. Muhammad and Brother Malcolm are able to feign their approval of Brother Malcolm, in order to condemn the true message of liberation – separation from White America – which Mr. Muhammad gave us, that Brother Malcolm once embraced. Genius. Mad men. wi

outward signs of racial intolerance and hatred have undoubtedly diminished but there are still far too many reminders of the dangers lurking everywhere that devastate us all—like Trayvon’s senseless death for walking home while Black. Between 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and 2010, nearly 60,000 Black children and teens were killed by guns, more than 1,200 every year for 48 years. This is 17 times the number of reported lynchings of Black Americans of all ages since 1882 but we have not had an equivalent Black community anti-lynching movement to save

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our children from gun violence. While there are troubling undertones of racial suspicion and fear in Trayvon Martin’s killing which must be addressed as justice is sought, the fact is that most Black young people murdered by guns are killed by Black shooters —just as most White children and teens murdered by guns are killed by White shooters. Sadly, the tragedies of Tucson, Aurora, Newtown and elsewhere made clear that none of us are safe anywhere or immune to the pervasive threat of gun violence. We are all in the same boat and must act together to stop the plague of violence. Gun safety laws that only apply in one city or state can’t fully stop

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Muhammad continued from Page 34 avail, it was an Orwellian Kangaroo Court, and those two men in the courtroom were not on trial, it was The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam who were on trial. And in the eyes of countless Black people today, Mr. Muhammad is to blame, and anyone who de-

fends or defended Mr. Muhammad, is equally culpable. For more than 12 years Brother Malcolm X was an undefeated champion of Black liberation and nation building – Nation of Islam building – while he was a member of the NOI. Then, for about one year and a month or two before his murder, he was charting a different course. What made Black people love Broth-

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