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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III (D), center, answers questions posed by Del. Darren M. Swain (D-District 24), regarding his proposal to takeover Prince George’s County Schools during a special session before the Prince George’s delegation in Annapolis on Saturday, March 23. Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Showdown in Annapolis: Proposed Changes for Prince George’s County Schools Baker Says Reforms Can’t Wait; Jacobs Charges Power Grab By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS – Who will control Prince George’s County Public Schools is a question that’s shifting and changing daily. A bill, introduced in the state Senate on Tuesday, March 25 would give County Executive

Rushern L. Baker III control over the school superintendent and many of the school system’s operations but would leave authority over the $1.6 billion budget in the hands of the school board. The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters, is what could be described as a

“lighter” version of the changes to the school system structure that Baker proposed last week. Exactly how this bill might be amended is unknown. On Saturday, Baker and the chair of the board of education faced-off in a contentious showdown with each other before the Prince George’s House of Dele-

gates on the state of the county’s school system. During a special session with the Prince George’s delegation in Annapolis on March 23, Baker laid out his proposal to change the structure of the county public school system so the school superintendent is hired and fired by the county executive and re-

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ports directly to him instead of to the school board. School Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs expressed her opposition to the plan and said the majority of the board shares her view. Delegates criticized both Baker and Jacobs for a litany of is-

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The Capital Area Food Bank held their annual Blue Jean Ball at the Wardman Marriott Park Hotel in Washington, DC. This was their 10th year of ditching the designer duds and wearing denim to support hunger relief. Nancy Roman is the Pres. & CEO, Greg TenEyck and Belinda Garza were co-chairs for the event. First Lady Michelle Obama was the honorary patron. A few of the participating restaurants & chefs were Dean & DeLuca, Thrive DC, The Melting Pot, The National Press Club, Bistro Bis and others. For more information go to

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3/28/2013 4/3/2013 AROUND THE REGION Black Facts Page 6 PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY Page 12 BUSINESS Page 16 COMMENTARIES Pages 22-23 SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Mayor Vincent Gray (D), Council Member David Catania, (D-At- Large), Council Member Marion Barry, (D-Ward 8), D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Ballou High School Principal Rahman Branch participate in groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the new Ballou Senior High School in Southeast on Tuesday, March 26. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicstory, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assesspush forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further said about Marlow. training for law enforcement Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecwho reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counsel“get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradiperson can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the viclogue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow Also present at the event was said. Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise who sentenced to six consecamong talks children Dawnwas Wilson, 25, a graduate student atawareness Howard University to a in utive lifestudents termsatwithout public anda center private She group of Covenantparole House Washington, forschools. D.C’s at-risk by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatyouth in Southeast. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. 2002. Mildred Muhammad is and “We to stop being who pasa day care. thehave student volunteer theThe founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilHoward University volun- organized the mural painting acan organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” teers created a series of activities tivity, called the mural a symbol survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. geared elementary and of Marlow the Howard students’to relationand theirtoward children. has worked break middle-school students enrolled ship with the children at Covenant “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, in Covenant House. years in fear isHouse’s a long Prevention time. It is and is confident the policies she Services Program. is an out af- is “It’s nothing give start up a week not an easy thing This to come pushing fortowill that ter-school program that promotes process. of,” she said. to build relationships with these positive and healthy lifestylessaid for kids,” Mildred Muhammad “I plan take these policies to saidtoHernandes, a 20-yearchildren who in grades people want five to through help a Congress implore to old Atlantaand native. “Everythem kid has domestic victimHistory must change nine. Theviolence Women’s our laws,” Marlow said. a story to tell and it’s important to be careful of how they required go into “I will The not stop until House these poliMonth-themed activities listen. Covenant was the children victim's to life, andonunderstand are passed.” focus important cies created to fill voids so that’s what that shein their may lives. be in “survival Tia Carol Jones can be reached women we hope to do with this painting.” mode”. The student volunteers hoped at Carla Brooks, coordinator of you getthetochildren 'I'm going to “Before openly engage and the Prevention Services Program to you,' about it started a verbal WI talkkill to them theiras college exat Covenant House and a Southperiences. east resident, wanted the Howard “It’s exciting to see young people giving up their time for ser- students to see the children there vice,” said the Rev. Sindile Dlamini, just as they would see any other 41, a site advisor for the Alterna- group of children. “Having some level of expectative Spring Break program. “We tion should be important for kids hope that the children at Covenant whether they grow up in the subHouse recognize that the Howard urbs or the inner city,” said Brooks, students can be role models for what they hope to accomplish in 33. “I want them to view our kids the same way they view other kids. life,” the Northwest resident said. Under the guidance of the stu- That means giving them the same dent volunteers, the children drew opportunities. You never know pictures of women who inspired what these kids will do when given them. During another activity, chil- those opportunities.” dren wrote letters to first lady MiWhile some of the student volchelle Obama about problems they unteers assigned to the District inioften face in their neighborhoods. tially applied for projects in other While some grumbled about the cities, they still recognized the valquality of school lunches in their ue of serving locally. letters, others wrote about their “Some people wanted to leave admiration for Sasha and Malia, D.C. for Alternative Spring Break L.Y. Marlow the first lady’s daughters. without realizing that we could Later, the student volunteers always come back to these sites and children painted a mural on and help again,” said Natalie Morthe wall across from the Preven- gan, 19, a senior who hails from tion Services classroom. The mu- Vallejo, Calif. “We can make these ral depicted a group of children connections and maintain relapicking fruit from a large apple tionships after Alternative Spring tree. Sekayi Hernandes, a junior Break,” she said with a smile. wi

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Redd Stands Out at Ward 7 Candidates’ Forum D.C. Statehood Green at-large candidate Perry Redd made a strong case before Ward 7 residents as to why they should support his quest to become the next member of the District’s legislative body. Redd, 48, joined Ward 3 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Matthew Frumin, former D.C. Council member Michael Brown and interim D.C. Council member Anita Bonds at a Central NorthEast Civic Association candidates’ forum on March 19. The candidates addressed a group of 65 at Ward AME Church in Northeast. Redd said that if elected, he would be “a true public servant [who] wants to represent District residents” on the D.C. Council. “If I am elected, I commit [to serve] one full term on the city council,” Redd said. “I’m looking forward to championing your specific needs. There are snakes in this race and you will soon see who they are, but I am telling residents not to let the press choose who leads you.” If he is successful in the April 23 special election, he would be the first member of his party to win a position on the D.C. Council. Redd tailored his remarks on various issues germane to the Ward 7 audience, saying that he supports bike lanes but not at the expense of cars.

“There are some residents in this city who do not understand the need for cars,” he said. “Bike lanes are for a certain class of people in this city but they are not for everybody. I am against a war on cars because many residents who live in this ward need cars to be able to function in their daily lives.” He said that minority businesses should get 50-60 percent of District contracts, in response to an inquiry about the city’s controversial Certified Business Enterprise program. “I realize that may be illegal but we need to change what we are doing with that program,” he said. Redd wants economic development for residents east of the Anacostia River. He said that he would support the building of a first-class movie theater in Ward 7. “I would work to offer tax incentives to theaters to come over here and it is a good thing because it would bring revenue to Ward 7,” he said. “I would, however, require the theater to hire D.C. residents as employees.” Turner Wants to Take D.C. GOP to Another Level Robert Turner II, the new executive director of the District of Columbia Republican Committee, said that he will work to bring more District residents into the party and stop “one-party rule” in the city. “I will reach out to District residents who have not considered joining our party,” said Turner, 42. “I will talk to independents and Democrats in the city to

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March 28 1972 – The two surviving Soledad Brothers are found not guilty by an all white jury in the alleged killing of a white guard at the California prison. The other Soledad Brother, revolutionary writer George Jackson, was killed during an August 1971 Marin County Courthouse escape attempt, which also led to charges against college professor and communist Angela Davis. Davis was also eventually acquitted. March 29 1981 – Dr. Eric Williams, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, dies in Port of Spain at 79. Williams was a historian and his classic work was “Capitalism and Slavery.” March 30 1870 – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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is ratified giving Blacks the right to vote. Actually, it gave Black males the right to vote. It would take the Suffrage Movement and another 50 years before women (Black and white) had full voting rights. But even in the case of black males, the “right” to vote only lasted briefly. With the end of Reconstruction, “Jim Crow” laws were passed throughout the South, which in effect took away the right of blacks to vote despite the Constitutional guarantee. African Americans did not achieve full voting rights in this country until the mid-1960s. March 31 1980 – Olympic legend Jesse Owens dies at 66 in Tucson, Arizona. Owens won four track and field gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany embarrassing German leader Adolph Hitler and undermining his ideology of white Aryan superiority.

April 1 1868 – Hampton University is founded during Reconstruction in Hampton, Virginia. The school is now one of the leading Black educational institutions in America. 1950 – Surgeon Charles Drew dies at 45 in an automobile accident near Burlington, North Carolina. Drew developed the concept of a blood bank for storing large amounts of plasma. Anyone who has ever received a blood transfusion is indebted to Dr. Drew. He had dedicated his life to insuring that increased scientific knowledge actually led to the betterment of human life. One of his most frequently repeated quotes: “There must always be the continuing struggle to make the increasing knowledge of the world bear fruit in [the form of] increased understanding and the production of human happiness.” April 2 1939 – Marvin Gaye is born in Washington, D.C. He signs with Detroit’s Motown Records and goes on to become one of the leading R&B male vocalists of the 1960’s, 1970’s and early 1980’s with hits ranging from the socially conscious “What’s Going On” to the sexy “Let’s Get It On.” Gaye was shot to death by his father during an argument in 1984. April 3 1950 – Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month, dies at age 74 in Washington, D.C. 1961 – Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is born in Brooklyn, New York.

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Viewp int Brent Lawrence College Park, Md. It starts with self-awareness and with their parents. That plays into these young people’s self-esteem, self-identity and confidence, which makes their outlook on life very bleak. Parents haven’t really taught our young people how to handle their mistakes and crises, and many times, that’s because the parents haven’t been taught how to handle it themselves.

Sean Hoggard Washington, D.C. More free community events need to be created to keep [African-American] young males occupied. There needs to be more teen groups where they can go and talk about their problems, pressures and issues to others who have ended up in the prison system, so that they don’t end up there as well. Young people usually learn by seeing, and that’s how you get their attention before it’s too late.


Thomasena Allen Washington, D.C. Young people need to become involved with more summer programs, even if it’s only six-weeks long. The fact that they will have someone there who encourages and mentors them, has a huge [and] lasting effect on their lives. Programs such as those are vital to their development and are one way that can circumvent the prison issue and can reach young people before they go down that path and become hopeless.

Ola Adams Reston, Va. It starts at home with having two parents, that’s huge. Many [young people] who have just one parent are really at risk. The negative message conveyed in music today has a detrimental impact, [as well]. Artists these days are glorifying selling drugs to obtain money. It also seems as if a lot of [children] today are less involved in sports. Positive coaches are less influential as father figures and mentors [than] before. More opportunities offered at a young age can also help end the prison streamlining.

Ayana Lightfoot Washington, D.C. I believe there should be more after-school activities and mentoring programs from teachers who will not berate young people. These programs shouldn’t have minimum grade point average requirements, but rather, offer activities and programs they can be involved in such as community service and trade-orientated curriculum. That way, those who are not necessarily [college bound],

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SHOWDOWN continued from Page 1 sues – Baker for introducing the proposal so late in the legislative session and Jacobs for minimizing the extent of problems in the schools. “This is the busiest week of the session,” said Delegate Anne Healey. “I am not happy this is here at this time with so little preparation.” Before the delegates and an audience of about 100 spectators, Baker and Jacobs explained their positions, faced a barrage of tough questions and, at times, harsh comments from delegates and occasionally sniped at one another. Baker was seeking approval from the state legislature to restructure the management of the school system. The current legislative session is scheduled to end April 8. Baker said that the county’s public schools are so broken that they need fixing from the top down immediately and the county can no longer accept the status quo. He said it’s unfair to hire a new superintendent under one structure and change that structure in the middle of that individual’s tenure. The school board is currently engaged in a superintendent The Washington Informer

search and has narrowed the field to three finalists. Baker’s proposed structure would have given the county executive the power to appoint the superintendent and the county council confirmation authority and add three voting and three non-voting members to the school board. Baker said these changes will expand the expertise on the board, focus the board on academic policy and give the superintendent more control over the school system’s operations and greater and more efficient access to county government resources. “I am confident, that by providing the superintendent with more autonomy, giving the school system more resources, and expanding the expertise of the board of education, our schools will be able to serve the children and families of Prince George’s County in a more holistic manner,” said Baker. Baker said these changes will restore the public’s confidence in the school system, assure accountability and help stem the exodus of families out of the county due to the school system’s declining reputation and image. However, Jacobs remains vehemently opposed to Baker’s plan, calling it an “attack” and a

“surprise takeover of our school system.” “Since we first learned about this proposal a week ago, we have been asking for a copy of the bill,” said Jacobs. “The county representatives kept telling us that there was [no] final copy available yet.” Jacobs also told delegates that she and Baker met on Friday for a “frank, direct and sometimes vigorous discussion” and she offered to address his concerns without legislation but he rejected the offer. Jacobs said she and the majority of the board are against the proposed legislation because it is a flawed process, bad policy and bad precedent. She said every statewide education organization – the principals association, the state teachers and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education – oppose the legislation. “This is not just a local bill – it has serious statewide implications,” said Jacobs. A statement from the school board posted on the school system’s website on March 22, stated that Baker was trying to make a move similar to what former District Mayor Adrian Fenty did with District schools and called it an “unnecessary distraction

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“I saw a place hostile to independent review, transparency, or accountability. We can no longer afford to sit around and passively accept the further degradation and deterioration of our schools. Therefore, I join County Executive Baker in his efforts to bring results and accountability to what I see as an urban school system in crisis.” – Prince George’s County School Board member Carletta Fellows SHOWDOWN continued from Page 8 that gambles away the future of our children.” Jacobs called Baker’s move a “last-minute power grab” to which Baker retorted, “Power grab, really?” He added that the charter gives him authority over the school system budget and he doesn’t have to grab power. Delegates also asked how the proposed changes would affect contracts with labor unions, whether it would result in more superintendent turnover when new county executives take office and whether Baker and Jacobs would be able to work together going forward. Jacobs said that progress is being made in the county, but acknowledged “we are not where we need to be.” However, one delegate told Jacobs that she and Prince George’s school officials should stop bragging about the state’s top educational rating, noting that the county is at the bottom. “Maryland is No. 1,” said the delegate. “Prince George’s County is not No. 1.” Not all members of the Prince George’s County School Board are opposed to the proposed change in structure.

School board member Carletta Fellows said the board doesn’t function as a “dedicated and effective advocate” for children and is more concerned with personal attacks. “I saw a place hostile to independent review, transparency, or accountability,” said Fellows, who joined the board in December and was censured in January for asking too many questions. She said decisions were routinely made with “embarrassingly limited information” that involved millions in spending, personnel, school security and curriculum issues. “We can no longer afford to sit around and passively accept the further degradation and deterioration of our schools,” said Fellows. “Therefore, I join County Executive Baker in his efforts to bring results and accountability to what I see as an urban school system in crisis.” Prior to the March 23 meeting Maryland Delegate Jolene Ivey, chair of the Prince George’s Delegation, told the Washington Informer that she applauds Baker’s efforts. “I’ve attended a number of listening tours around the county with the county executive, and the issue raised by citizens over and over is the need to improve

our schools,” said Ivey. “Unfortunately, the current structure only allows the county exec very limited involvement with our school system – funding it. I feel that if the person in that position is to be held accountable for how the school system functions, it’s necessary to grant that authority.” As he walked from the meeting, Rick Tyler of Camp Springs, who described himself as a parent advocate and said he had children and grandchildren who have attended Prince George’s schools, said he wanted the county executive and school board members to “sit down, work this out and not legislate.” Rhonda Dallas of Oxon Hill, who also attended the meeting, said she had a child in a Prince George’s County public school but moved him to a private school due to “deficiencies” she found at the school. Dallas said she liked what she heard from Baker and favored it for “sustained improvement.” “Sometimes drastic change is needed,” said Dallas. The Washington Informer

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Parents, Concerned Residents Fight Back Empower DC Files Lawsuit to Stop School Closings By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer For the past several years, parents in the District have agonized over school closings that have decimated the value of community schools and disrupted their children’s lives. But that anger and increasing frustration, while palpable, has not been able to deter city leaders and school administrators from going ahead with the closing of 15 District of Columbia Public Schools by the end of academic year 2014. The closures are just the latest go-round of the shuttering of schools since 2008 under the former chancellor. In response, activists are taking an action that they say indicates the level of seriousness with which they view the current situation. On March 29, a lawyer for Empower DC will file a lawsuit to stop Henderson from closing the schools on her list. Empower DC is a grassroots organization based in Northwest. “They are discriminating against black and brown children, children with disabilities and where people live – all suspect categories,” said longtime civil libertarian and lawyer Johnny Barnes during an interview Saturday. “We believe that this has resulted in the violation of the U.S. Constitution as well as several federal and local statutes. There are several counts and

multiple claims. You can’t just treat people this way.” “We filed a statement of claim to allow the [city] government the opportunity to discuss, mediate or arbitrate and they declined.” Henderson has been under mounting pressure from parents and other critics since November when she first revealed her plan to shutter schools which will begin in August. But she has insisted that the closings are in the best interest of the 2,000 students who will be affected. When Henderson, 43, unveiled her controversial “DCPS Consolidation and Re-organization Plan” 20 schools across the city were slated for closure. She said all of them were either under-enrolled or under-performing. However, following a series of community meetings – some of which the chancellor attended – she returned to the table in January with a list that was pared down to 15 schools. Daniel del Pielago, the education organizer for Empower DC, acknowledged the gravity of filing a lawsuit. “It’s a big step,” he said, while waiting at a Chicago airport after attending a conference of groups and individuals fighting similar school battles elsewhere around the country. “We’ve seen nothing in the past showing that this improves anything. What we get is a loss of public school stu-

Johnny Barnes addresses a crowd who gathered at The Park at 14th in Northwest on March 22. The event was a fundraiser to bring attention to the lawsuit which will be filed on behalf of parents and concerned citizens who oppose D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s decision to close 15 D.C. schools. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

dents and an additional burden on taxpayers. I think parents are very concerned and very confused with what’s going on.” “[School officials] said they’re putting together a plan to retain students, but I go to affected schools and [parents] say they don’t know what’s going on. In conversations with Spanish-speaking parents, they say they’ve seen nothing in their language and they’re not told what’s going on. This just shows that there’s a plan that they’re engaged in and the end result will deeply and severely affect a majority of people, most who are minorities and our children.” Barnes, 64, and del Pielago, 39, said marches, rallies, demands by parents and calls for a moratorium on school closings have yielded little or no response from Henderson, Mayor Vincent

Gray or the D.C. Council. And as parents realize what’s happening, they’re mobilizing and forming instruments and groups of resistance to the proposed changes, the men said. Henderson’s moves are seen by many as part of a carefully measured reformation of the District’s schools. Parents in affected communities are incensed that all 15 schools slated to be closed are located east of Rock Creek Park and predominantly east of the Anacostia River. Among the casualties: Spingarn

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AROUND THE REGION “They are discriminating against black and brown children, children with disabilities and where people live – all suspect categories. We believe that this has resulted in the violation of the U.S. Constitution as well as several federal and local statutes. There are several counts and multiple claims. You can’t just treat people this way.”

– Johnny Barnes, attorney for Empower DC LAWSUIT continued from Page 10 while alienating large swathes of the community with what people considered her brashness and arrogant behavior. Henderson possesses a softer touch. But while she has been less autocratic and more willing to keep parents and administrators apprised of the process, the perception persists in the minds of parents, activists, and others that she will listen but then go ahead with her plans over their most strenuous objections. Nathan Saunders, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, said the closings reflect school choice and a full-pitched battle for the soul of schools in the city. Currently, the push is for charter schools to replace traditional public schools, a struggle being waged in cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia and other municipalities, he said. “The trend of putting public schools out of business and charters coming into business has been going strongly for a decade,” said Saunders, 48. “The District is moving more toward charter schools. This will continue to be a problem until these and other issues are addressed.” In the late 1960s, D.C. Public Schools educated about 140,000 children. The 1990s witnessed a precipitous fall in the numbers and currently, the system educates about 45,000 children. The reduction in the overall number of students in traditional public schools has been accompanied by a corresponding increase in the number of students attending charter schools. It’s estimated that charter schools educate about 40 percent of District school children. Saunders said District residents have a rich panoply of options and can enroll their children at a public, private, charter or independent school, but those choices should not come

at the expense of traditional public schools. Gray and the D.C. Council, he asserts, lack the political will to support the continuation of traditional public schools. While Saunders likened Washington D.C., to ground zero in the national struggle to replace traditional public schools with charter schools, del Pielago and Barnes said gentrification is a key driver of Henderson’s efforts. Del Pielago said what Henderson is doing will lead to privatization of District schools and is also linked to gentrification. He fears that both will push residents out of the city and that parents will soon not have the option of sending their children to schools within walking distance. He also said he believes that school closings and gentrification are destabilizing the community. Saunders agreed. “It’s a concern as a national issue in urban areas for children of color. I saw this coming a while ago,” he said. “… The community in D.C. is being gentrified which further enhanced the likelihood and probability of this happening.” Whatever the causes, Barnes said, parents and concerned citizens in the city won’t give up without a fight. “It’s a growing movement, one I’ve sensed before such as apartheid [in South Africa], working to make Dr. King’s birthday a holiday and gaining passage of the Voting and Civil Rights Acts. It’s percolating here. It’s a movement that has national implications and it’s happening here,” Barnes said. wi WI Staff Writer Dorothy Rowley contributed to this report.

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Community Grills School Superintendent Finalists By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer The three finalists vying for the Prince George’s County public schools superintendent job were formally introduced to the county in a day full of meet-andgreets that ended with a grilling by the community. Eric J. Becoats, superintendent of Durham Public Schools; Harrison A. Peters, chief of Chicago Public Schools, and Alvin L. Crawley, who has been serving as interim superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools since September 2012 and previously as deputy chief of programming for the District’s public schools, spent March 19 meeting with school officials, political and business leaders, clergy, teachers and staff, parents and students. The day

started at 7 a.m. for the trio and didn’t wrap up until 9 p.m. At a nearly three-hour community forum held at the Board of Education’s office in Upper Marlboro, the candidates addressed a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people and the school board. The candidates provided opening statements and then fielded questions from the audience in 45-minute sessions. “This is an opportunity for you to be involved in helping to shape the future of Prince George’s public schools and our county,” said the forum’s facilitator Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Questions from the audience ran the gamut – which included instruction, discipline, budget, special needs services, truancy,

Harrison A. Peters, chief of Chicago Public Schools, presents his case as to why he should be the next superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools on March 19. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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Becoats, who has a doctorate in education, took the lead. He talked about his “track record of success” and his belief in engaging the community. He cited collaboration, commitment and continuous improvement as the means to being successful. “I will stop at nothing less than until it is done,” said Becoats. One of the first people to question Becoats asked why he was leaving the Durham school system before his strategic plan was complete. Becoats responded that his One Vision One Durham strategic plan launched in 2011has reached almost 86 percent of its goals. Melody Spruill, who said she has an 8-year-old son in Prince George’s County schools, said county leaders refer negatively to student performance and asked Becoats how he would change that thinking. He said a change of culture is needed and that it’s critical to better publicize the good things going on in the school system. Crawley, who has a doctorate in education, talked about his coming to the county at a time of uncertainty and upheaval with a bus driver shortage and concerns about teacher recruitment and retention. He added that during his tenure he has visited 55 schools, met with 200 teachers and staff and had conversations with more than 500 students. Among his goals for the county’s school system: re-establishment of full-day pre-kindergarten, examination of options for alternative programs and continuing to hire “highly effective”

staff. “We are a good system, but we can be a better system,” said Crawley. A young woman who said she had been bullied out of Bowie High School and had an uncertified teacher who ignored the bullying asked Crawley how he would keep incompetent teachers out of classrooms. Crawley said staff not acting responsibly should be addressed. He said it’s important to increase anti-bullying efforts and have character education and conflict resolution programs in place. “Consequently, we have to get that person some help,” said Crawley. “Little bullies grow up to be big bullies.” Bus driver Bobbie Barbie said bus drivers are being abused by students and asked Crawley what he would do about it. He suggested addressing specific student behavior, working with the parents and getting additional training for bus drivers on how to intervene. Peters, who is completing his doctorate in organizational leadership, described growing up in Pensacola, Fla., and being reared by his grandmother who only had a second-grade education. He said he was dependent on teachers for assistance and guidance. “I always had to fight for what I wanted,” he said. Earnest Moore, president of the Prince George’s County PTA Council, asked Peters, “Why should we hire you?” “My track record speaks for itself,” responded Peters, adding

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FINALISTS continued from Page 12 that he’s results oriented, and brings a fresh perspective and passion. Peters was also asked about two highly-publicized situations in Chicago – violence involving young people and a labor dispute with teachers that resulted in a strike. He called the strike “unfortunate” and said his focus remained on ensuring students

had a safe place to be during the strike and that students and teachers had a smooth return to school after the strike. One woman pointed out the number of superintendents who have come and gone in the county during the past few years and asked if he was “in it for the long haul.” Peters replied “Yes,” adding that successful school districts have sustained leadership. Asked what he would do to ensure that resources still go to

children if the county executive gets the superintendent position changed so the person reports to him, Peters said he would “fight.” “We have to fight for our children.” Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs thanked the audience for attending the forum and the community for its input in the superintendent selection process. She called the public’s responses throughout the process “remarkable.” wi The Washington Informer

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applauded by Democrats but dismissed by Republicans. Raising the wage would result in massive job cuts and primarily affect women and African Americans, many in the GOP have argued. Democrats and union leaders contend however, that raising the minimum wage would put more money into the hands of lower-income Americans, thereby boosting the economy. “There have been enough credible economists who have shown that the claims that there will be job losses [if the minimum wage is raised] are not credible at all,” said Jim Spellane, media director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Northwest. “The union has always stressed the importance of job security, pensions and wage increases,” Spellane said. Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), also in Northwest, said an increase is needed for workers to continue to sustain families and for the country’s continued recovery from the recession. “President Obama rightly put [raising the minimum wage] and good jobs as his top priority, and we fully support him,” Trumka said. “We applaud the president for expressing support for raising the minimum wage and tying it to the cost of living.” Nineteen states already have See WAGE on Page 15

“I work hard to provide for my family, but my wages [aren’t] enough to make ends meet. Right now, we are just surviving. If I pay one bill, I can’t pay the others.” – Gregory Reynosa


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WAGE continued from Page 14 wages above the federal minimum, including the District where the rate is currently $8.25. Increasing the wage in D.C., and in Maryland would substantially benefit minority and other workers in the area, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a think tank in Northwest. A study by the EPI indicated that blacks in the Washington metropolitan area represent 31 percent of those who would be affected by a minimum wage hike. Women comprise two-thirds of the minimum wage workers, according to statistics provided by the National Women’s Law Center in Northwest. A woman who works full-time, year round at the federal minimum wage earns just $14,500 a year, or roughly $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. Women of color are disproportionately represented among female minimum wage workers, with more than 15 percent of those earning less than the minimum wage, based on the study. “From a moral perspective, I think we have an obligation to pay what is a fair wage and not just pay a low wage because you can,” said Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. “When you look at the pay of CEOs, that has gone up significantly, and when you look at the average working person, salaries have basically decreased. Where is the fundamental fairness in this? They are getting rich off the backs of people they don’t care are the working poor,” Fudge said.

Obama has said a minimum wage increase would stimulate consumer demand and help drive economic growth. The federal minimum wage has lost 30 percent of its purchasing power in recent decades, based on a study conducted by the National Employment Law Project in New York. If wages had kept pace with the cost of living since 1968, the minimum wage would now be $10.56 an hour, but Obama said raising the wage to $9 would restore its inflation-adjusted value to where it was in 1981, when President Ronald Reagan took office. However, raising the rate would result in an increase in labor costs in an economy still hovering just above recession levels, said Peter Roff, a political writer for U.S. News & World Report and a member of the public policy organization, Let Freedom Ring. “Higher labor costs mean fewer people get hired,” Roff said. “Employers have to find ways to do more with less and look for other ways to economize. Unskilled workers get laid off, replaced by machines and higher-skilled workers who are more valuable.” Everyone would benefit from a raise in the minimum wage. “It would have an enormous impact on workers, many of whom are forced to string together two or three jobs to barely afford the necessities of life,” said Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU, which represents more than 2.1 million workers.wi

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By William Reed are now seeking to win political posts of governor or senator in which they would represent much larger and diverse groups of voters. In theory, having a parent already in politics provides a political base younger politicians can use to reach wider multi-racial constituencies. Several scions of Black political families that came to high political office by virtue of birthright are on the decline. New York Gov. David Paterson, whose father Basil is a powerful figure in Harlem politics, left his appointed office in disgrace. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Malik Kilpatrick is now a resident in the Federal Correctional Institution at Milan, Mich.  A former Michigan state representative, Kilpatrick, was recently found guilty on 24 of 30 federal corruption charges. In 1996, Kilpatrick was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives after his mother vacated the seat to campaign for Congress. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick represented Detroit in the Michigan State House from 1979 to 1996 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2010. Jesse L. Jackson has a family that has benefited from his impact on politics.  The son that was first elected to Congress in 1995 now faces a prison sentence ranging from 46 to 57 months.  Jesse Jackson Jr., was convicted for spending approximately $750,000 in campaign money on high-end items, including a Rolex watch and furs. The extended Jackson clan includes Jonathan and Yusef. Jonathan Jackson is a business professor and entrepreneur. He owns a Cricket Wireless franchise operation, and is a partner with Yusef, in a Chicago-based Anheuser-Busch distributorship – River North Sales and Service, LLC. In Memphis, the Ford name became legend as Whites moved

from the city to the suburbs. By 1974, the percentage of Black voters had increased enough for three sons of a local funeral director to win an unprecedented electoral victory: John was elected to the state Senate, Emmett was elected to the state House, and Harold became the first African American from Tennessee elected to the U.S. Congress in the 20th century. In 1996 when Harold, Sr., decided not to seek a 12th term in Congress, Harold, Jr., easily won the race, taking office at age 26. “Junior” was only 30 years old in 2000 when he gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. He ran for the U.S. Senate seat but lost. Scandal and corruption followed the Fords ascent in politics. William Lacy Clay, Sr., was elected to the House of Representatives in 1968. In 2000, Clay, Sr., retired from the seat after 32 years and Clay Jr., known as Lacy Clay, became the U.S. Rep. for Missouri›s 1st congressional district. Carrie P. Meek was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1978 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Kendrick Brett Meek lost the U.S. House seat that his mother had handed him in his 2010 bid for the Florida Senate seat. Kendrick was the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 17th congressional district from 2003 to 2011, after having served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998. Representative Donald M. Payne, from New Jersey, died of cancer in March 2012 after serving in the House for 23 years. He was 77. His son, Donald M. Payne, Jr., was elected to Congress in November 2012. Brother, and uncle, William D. Payne served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1998-2008. Black voters have to discern if there’s a disconnect between the agenda of Black political leadership and their constituent communities. Will Black voters ever shun political dynasties revolving among husbands and wives, brothers, sisters and children in the guise of serving the public? wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

BUSINESS outcomes are inconsistent with both consumer protection and the safety and soundness of financial institutions.” The limitation of space will not allow for the listing of all 278 signatories. But they include many national and statewide organizations, including

Bank Continue to Peddle Payday Loans In today’s challenging financial times, the cost of living finds many consumers with an ongoing financial challenge to hold on until their next payday arrives. Even worse, when banks peddle predatory payday loans, they pose serious threats to their customers’ financial well-being. Marketed under names such as “direct deposit advance,” these loans are easy to get; but hard to pay off. As consumers get ensnared by the debt trap, banks reap repeating cycles of quick cash. In its latest report on bank payday lending, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) found that although participating banks claim that their payday loan products are only for short-term emergencies and carry marginal risks, the real-life experiences were the opposite. In fact, the typical bank payday borrower: Is charged an annual percentage rate (APR) that averages 225 to 300 percent; Took out 19 loans in 2011, spending at least part of six months a year in bank payday debt; and Is twice as likely to incur overdraft fees than bank customers as a whole. In addition, more than one in four bank payday borrowers is a Social Security recipient. This comes on the heels of a key administrative change for seniors on Social Security. As of March 1, all Social Security payments are issued electronically. And although seniors have specific protections from payday lending on prepaid cards, no comparable protection exists on checking accounts. CRL’s report also calls for regulators to take immediate actions to stop banks offering payday loans from engaging in this form of predatory lending. Additionally, CRL calls for the following terms on small loan products: A minimum loan term of 90 days with affordable installments; An APR of 36 percent or less; Underwriting based on an ability to repay; and No mandatory automatic repayment from the consumer’s checking account.

AARP, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the Black Leadership Forum, NAACP the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and CRL. The coalition warns, “Please move quickly to ensure that payday lending by banks does not become more widespread and

to ensure that those banks currently making payday loans stop offering this inherently dangerous product.” wi Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at:

By Charlene Crowell More than a year ago, 250 organizations and individuals sent a letter to federal banking regulators expressing concerns about bank payday lending. Last year, in a separate action, more than 1,000 consumers and organizations told the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about elder financial abuse, including bank payday lending. At that time, CRL advised, “More than 13 million older adults are considered economically insecure, living on $21,800 a year or less. Senior women in particular face diminished incomes because of lower lifetime earnings and therefore lower Social Security and pension benefits.” As opposition to bank payday and elder financial abuse grows, banking regulators are continuing to hear from advocates, experts and concerned citizens. Fortunately, advocates are determined to press this issue in growing numbers. In a letter dated March 13, for example, 278 organizations and individuals signed a second letter to regulators. The letter states, “Payday lending has a particularly adverse impact on African-Americans and Latinos, as a disproportionate share of payday borrowers come from communities of color. High-cost, short-term balloon repayments, and the consequent series of repeat loans, have long been identified by regulators as features of predatory lending. “Ultimately, payday loans erode the assets of bank customers, and rather than promote savings, make checking accounts unsafe for many customers. They lead to uncollected debt, bank account closures, and greater numbers of unbanked Americans. All of these The Washington Informer

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D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) announced that she’s tossing her hat into the ring as a candidate for the April 2014 Democratic Party primary for mayor. She promised to be a trustworthy leader and to embrace a vision for the city that includes all D.C. residents. Bowser, 40, said that her run is a natural progression. “You’ve trusted me to represent you as an ANC commissioner,” she said. “You’ve trusted me to represent you as your council member. I share your desire to move forward and so today, I announce that I will run to be the next mayor of the District of Columbia,” she told scores of friends and supporters who gathered in front of her parents’ home in North Michigan Park in Northeast on Saturday, March 23. Bowser, a District native, was elected a commissioner in 2004 and served in that position until she was elected to replace Adrian Fenty on the D.C. Council in May 2007. Fenty was elected the District’s mayor in November 2006. Bowser worked hard in Fenty’s failed campaign for re-election in 2010 and defended his

administration to black residents who felt that he was out of touch with their concerns. Fenty lost the September 2010 Democratic primary to Vincent Gray, who was then D.C. Council chairman. On the D.C. Council, Bowser is known to be responsive to constituent concerns. She’s also respected for her principled positions. In December 2011, Bowser made her mark. Her landmark legislation overhauled the city’s ethics rules for elected officials and District government employees. Bowser is the first official candidate to enter the 2014 mayoral race but D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) has formed an exploratory committee for a run and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has indicated that he will run, as well. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) has not indicated whether he will run for re-election in 2014, yet. Bowser talked about her support of  marriage equality, support for senior citizens and the need for quality schools during her 30-minute address. She said that in talking with residents around the city, she has detected disappointment in the way in which government is operating.

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“You’ve trusted me to represent you as an ANC commissioner. You’ve trusted me to represent you as your council member. I share your desire to move forward and so today, I announce that I will run to be the next mayor of the District of Columbia.” – D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser

BOWSER continued from Page 19 “Corruption has robbed us of our focus, our momentum, our need to think big and act swiftly,” she said, indirectly referring to U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia’s probe into the 2010 Gray campaign and the prosecutions of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas. “We’ve settled into managing the status quo, riding the successes of our past instead of shaping the landscape of the future.” The concern for the future is what attracted Trayon White, the Ward 8 representative to the D.C. State Board of Education, to Bowser. “We need new innovative leadership,” said White, 28. “Muriel Bowser is a champion for the people and I will help her campaign in areas like Barry Farm to make sure that those residents know that she is for the people.” Phinis Jones, a Ward 8 businessman who supported Fenty in 2006 and 2010, said that he’s confident that Bowser will be a good mayor, if elected.

“She has demonstrated on the council that she can represent Ward 4 well and I think she can represent the city at large, too,” said Jones, 63. However, Cherita Whiting, a Ward 4 education activist, isn’t sold on Bowser, at this point. “I have not made a commitment to anyone yet,” said Whiting, 47. “I did, [however], come here today to hear what she had to say.”  District political analyst Chuck Thies said that Bowser has a lot working in her favor.  “She is well received across black, white and Latino communities,” said Thies, 48. “She is young but not inexperienced. She is a good public speaker who comes across as interested, caring and unpretentious.” Barbara Lyles lives next door to Bowser’s parents and beamed with pride as the mayoral aspirant addressed the crowd. “I watched her grow up as a child and she was disciplined, obedient, very smart and caring,” said Lyles, 74. “I know that she is headed for greatness.” wi The Washington Informer

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Interim UDC President Prepares to ‘Rally Troops’ By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer After months of financial discord that led to numerous faculty and staff layoffs, massive tuition hikes, and constant turnovers in leadership, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) might finally be on the road to recovery. But one of the first orders of business for James Lyons, Ph.D., the newly-appointed interim president, is to strengthen the school’s relationship with its 6,000-member student body. “We could be the next model [of local higher education]. We’re sending mixed messages [about our relevance in the community] and we’ve got to fix that by marching together to show that we are one,” Lyons said to a crowd of faculty, staff and students who gathered on the university’s campus, inside Building 39 on March 21, where he was

formally introduced by UDC Board of Trustees chairwoman Elaine Crider. Lyons, 69, went on to say that with the help of faculty and staff, the campus could become more student-friendly. “You’re not just here to draw paychecks,” said Lyons, who has more than 40 years experience in higher education. “We’re here to serve our students and to give them an opportunity, because if they are successful, they can give back to UDC.” He added that, “I’m not coming here with the mindset that others have failed, but with the understanding that I can lead if I can rally the troops together.” Meanwhile, Lyons, the former president of Bowie State University in Maryland and two other colleges, said he expects to be at the helm no longer than 18 months. During that time, and as the UDC Board of Trustees continues its nationwide search for

Dr. James Lyons addresses faculty, staff and students on the campus of UDC in Northwest on March 21.The newly-appointed interim president hopes to strengthen the university’s relationship with its 6,000-member student body. /Photo by Roy Lewis

a permanent president, Lyons knows he has his work cut out for him re-positioning the beleaguered school and “getting the word out that this is a new day at UDC,” he said. UDC, the District’s only public university, has weathered years of financial difficulties which peaked during the fouryear presidency of Allen M. Sessoms. In December, Sessoms’ con-

Newly-appointed UDC interim president Dr. James Lyons, chats with members of the audience after his introductory speech at the university on March 21. /Photo by Roy Lewis

tract was terminated by the board of trustees after a series of financial disclosures that cited his use of public funds for expensive trips and other personal expenditures, a request to the D.C. Council for $4 million to help cover severance packages and relocation of the university’s community college to the Van Ness campus in order to obtain additional funding. By late fall, Sessoms had sanctioned an $8 million cut in UDC’s $108 million operating budget, and several programs and curriculums were headed to the chopping block. Students voiced their outrage and faculty and staff started whispering among themselves that the board’s displeasure with Sessoms would soon come to an end. Lyon’s also fielded questions from the audience after his introductory speech. Elsie Williams, a longtime English and literature professor, asked about the lack of conti-

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nuity among board members. Lyons responded that it was a matter he’d like to take up with Mayor Vincent C. Gray – but at the right time. “I’d be happy to raise the issue but in the right way,” he said in reference to the board’s constant turnover. “It’s a challenge worth noting, but when appropriate.” Ollo Jean Dosc Pooda, who serves as the board’s student representative, participated in Lyons’ hiring. He expressed excitement over the appointment. “Dr. Lyons will [jump-start] the relationship with students and the administration,” said Dosc Pooda, 35, a business management and finance major. “There was a crisis [between] students and the leadership. We didn’t trust [Sessoms] because we didn’t feel valued. Now, with Dr. Lyons [at the helm], it feels like a new day. He will certainly rally his troops and turn things around.” wi



Baker Wants Control of PG Schools The wave of mayoral school takeovers across the country has Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker diving in, as well, as he makes plans to take control of the county school system, its budget and oversight of the superintendent. Baker seems confident that his intervention will provide what is needed to improve the county’s troubled school system. He hopes by taking control of the 125,000-student school system and its $1.7 billion budget that he will be able to improve the quality of education the county offers. Good schools, Baker suggests, are necessary to attract residents and businesses to the county. The proposal presented to the state legislature last Saturday received significant pushback and the final bill introduced by lawmakers keeps the school system’s budget in the hands of the school board. While Prince George’s students are showing some academic progress, critics don’t agree that a takeover by the county executive at this time will result in any significant improvements, at least not any time soon. For the first time in recent years, the county’s 2013 budget saves teachers from furloughs and reportedly includes raises for teachers, greater flexibility in how principals can manage their budgets and provides for more programs for students in select schools. But the problem facing the schools, critics say, rests in the increasing population of low-income and special needs students. It will take time and additional resources to get these students up to speed, they say, and a takeover, doesn’t address these issues or others. Like mayors in big city school districts including the District of Columbia, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, Baker is frustrated and he believes a takeover will do much to save children from under-performing schools. We agree with some who argue that Baker needs to present a plan and not just assume a takeover is needed because other jurisdictions are doing it. What do they have to show, not just in maintaining leadership but also in improved student academic achievement? That’s what really matters. Are children matriculating through school better equipped academically under a mayoral or county controlled leadership? If so, why; if not, why not. That’s what Prince George’s Country residents want to know, and in order to garner their support; Baker needs to demonstrate he has a plan that will produce positive and significant results.

April 4 – America’s History Lesson On April 4, 1968, while Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., a gunman fired a fatal shot with a rifle that ended King’s life and what some believed would also end the non-violent movement for civil rights in the U.S. Today, with the median age of males in the United States at 35.8 years old and females at 38.5, it’s safe to say that more than half of the current population wasn’t even born when King was assassinated, nor did they witness the reaction or experience the immediate impact of his death in America or across the globe. What they do in fact know, is that King is an icon, and that gun violence continues to wreak havoc in America. They know that the tragic murder of men, women and children due to the widespread access and use of guns and other more deadly semi-automatic weapons remains a prevalent issue in this country. Thursday, April 4, will mark the 45th anniversary of King’s assassination. It’s a moment to reflect upon the work King was preparing for at the time of his death. He and other members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were preparing to hold a Poor People’s March in the nation’s capital. King had moved from the fight for civil rights to a struggle for “silver rights” and economic justice for poor people in America. The Poor People’s Campaign had already begun, by May 12, 1968, thousands of poor people from cities in both the North and South converged upon the National Mall and set up a shantytown called, “Resurrection City.” They were there to tell America’s leaders that the country’s poor had grown weary of asking and now “demanded meaningful jobs at a living wage; [and] a secure and adequate income for all those unable to find jobs [along with] access to land for economic uses; [and] access to capital for poor people and minorities to promote their own businesses; and the ability for ordinary people to play a truly significant role in the government.” King’s death didn’t stop the Poor People’s March from occurring. And, the march didn’t eliminate the disparities that exist between the nation’s rich and its poor, which is expanding daily. The generation of American’s born after King’s death, are experiencing first-hand the issues King fought so vehemently against. What a perfect history lesson for them on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ending the Schoolto-Prison Pipeline

In her March 18 story, Dorothy Rowley correctly highlighted how inadequate public school policies on truancy and discipline are helping place young black males in the school-to-prison pipeline. But [an individual], whom Ms. Rowley quoted, was seriously wrong to claim that ‘for-profit’ public charter schools are part of “a dangerous mix that is a direct attack on our little black boys.” Every chartered public school in the District of Columbia is, by law, not-for-profit.   And D.C.’s charters serve a higher share of African-American students than the city’s traditional school system. The key to ending the school-to-prison pipeline is high-school graduation and college. Some 77 percent of D.C. charter high school students graduate on time – a critical component of college acceptance – compared to 56 percent in the city’s regular public high schools. The District’s chartered public schools, which are tuition-free and open to all D.C.-resident students, have taken pioneering steps to help make college affordable for boys of color. Some 195 students at District

charters such as Friendship Collegiate Academy, Thurgood Marshall Academy and Maya Angelou PCS recently earned DC Achievers Scholarships, which pay up to $55,000 in tuition and other supports. D.C.’s chartered public schools are building a school-to-college pipeline.   Ramona H. Edelin, Ph.D. Executive Director DC Association of Chartered Public Schools Washington, D.C.

Keeping Dreams Alive!

So many of our young people who have talent never get the positive re-enforcement they need and desire in order to feel confident enough to pursue their dreams. Those dreams quickly become passing thoughts for them as they search endlessly throughout their lives trying to find themselves. Michelle Phipps-Evans article, “The Emergence of a Young Artist” in the March 21, 2013 edition, about the seven-year-old artist Aqeel Qasir was very healing to me. Many years ago, I once thought of myself as a

young artist at the age of 10, but unlike Master Qasir, I didn’t have the support of my family or friends. To others my talent for art was looked upon as just a childhood notion for passing the time away, and not to be taken seriously as a career possibility. As I grew into manhood I struggled, not knowing who I was or what path I should take. It wasn’t until some 20 years later while I was sitting at my part-time job doodling on a piece of paper that it occurred to me – “this is what I am suppose to be doing.” From that day forward I started reconnecting with the creative spirit that lives in me. Today, my life has meaning and direction. After reading the article I just had to share my story with you and let you know how important supportive family and friends, and especially a newspaper like The Washington Informer can be to a young creative person. Hopefully someday a mature, master artist, Aqeel Qasir will look back on this article and smile. Vincent L. Stafford Suitland, Md.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Can We All Just Get Along? I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a philosopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, especially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King had a point. Can we all just, maybe, get along? In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Senate finally passed a budget by the narrowest of margins, 50-49. Four Democratic Senators jumped

ship to side with Republicans, probably because they are facing tough election fights in Republican leaning states. Still, it was great to see some vision from this Senate, which called for a $1 trillion in tax increases and $875 billion in program cuts. Unlike proposals presented by the likes of Paul Ryan, who would eviscerate social programs, the Senate offers a budget that cuts social and other programs more carefully and thoughtfully. Since this is the first budget the Senate has passed in four years, one

might think that they should be congratulated. But the passage of a Senate budget is only the first step. Now, the Senate and the House of Representatives have to find some common ground. Former Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) chairs the House Budget Committee and he chairs it like he thinks he is still running for office. He claims that he can save $4 trillion more than Democrats by turning Medicare into a voucher program and slashing Medicaid,

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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps), and other safety net programs. How will the Senate and House resolve their differences when Republicans basically refuse to bargain, and Democrats will give away the store if given an opportunity? If half of the Democrats in the Senate had the backbone of House Republican Majority Leader John Boehner, the people of the United States would be in a better position. We can’t get along if we go

along with nonsense such as a voucher program for senior health. As it is, some hospitals are closing or consolidating, largely because of the number of poor and elderly people who use those facilities. While Ryan is talking slash and burn, Obamacare, albeit imperfect, expands health care possibilities for everyone. We can’t get along with cuts in SNAP that leave more people hungry. The average monthly income for those

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By George E. Curry

Can March on Washington’s Unity be Duplicated? In five months, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In 1963, the March was jointly called by the Civil Rights Movement’s “Big Six” – A. Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, James Farmer and John Lewis. At this point, it is unclear whether today’s leaders will come together and rally around the theme of jobs and justice as

leaders did on August 28, 1963. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III are planning a march in Washington. Bernice King has announced a commemoration of the “I Have a Dream” speech at the King Center in Atlanta to observe the 50th anniversary. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Dr. King’s old organization, will be holding its annual convention in the nation’s capital the week of the anniversary and is considering holding an activity.

The foundation that raised more than $100 million to erect the MLK monument on the National Mall – and was forced by King’s children to drop the reference to Dr. King in its name – is still hoping it can participate in a joint celebration by all of the civil rights groups. Interestingly, the Big Six managed to come together when the Black unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, compared to 3.2 percent for Whites. The unemployment rate for Blacks 20

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and older in February was 12.7 percent – nearly double what it was at the time of the March on Washington. Of course, any discussion about the preservation of Dr. King’s legacy invariably involves his three remaining children – Martin III, Bernice and Dexter. While appreciating the King family’s desire to protect intellectual property left to them by their father, including his “I Have a Dream” speech, I have been critical of their decision to

charge what had been known as the Martin Luther King National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. a licensing fee of nearly $3 million to use his name, likeness and quotes in conjunction with a monument erected to him on the National Mall. I also upbraided them for, after making the decision to charge a licensing fee, refusing to extend the agreement, forcing the foundation to change its name (it is now The Memorial

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By James Clingman

Black Voters are Back in Style The push for the Black vote is on. Black folks are back in style. Black is beautiful – again. Since the last election, the mantra has become, “Get more ‘minorities’ to vote Republican” and Black voters are at the top of that list. Yes, they want to increase their Hispanic support, but the African American vote is ripe and ready to be harvested by just the right message given by just the right messengers. Wow, that

sounds familiar. Don’t Democrats have that same strategy? They trot out a couple of spokespersons to soothe us with convincing platitudes that have kept us in their corner for decades. Now the Republican sleeping giant has finally awaken, and it is ready to do whatever it takes to regain Black voters’ confidence and support. They have launched a new Black political role model into the limelight; he is an icon among Black people, a hero, Horatio Alger person-

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ified, and his name is Dr. Ben Carson. He was the darling of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convention and is the new love of Sean Hannity’s life. Fresh off his in-yourface, Mr. President, speech at the national prayer breakfast, Carson has decided to quit medicine and pursue “other” interests. The Republicans are already drafting him for the 2016 presidential race. To rub salt into the wound, some Black commentators and columnists are suggesting that The Washington Informer

Black voters should seriously consider moving from the Democrat plantation to the Republican plantation, and the chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, has a plan to make that happen. So does Rand Paul. Both of them have said Republicans must get more Black people to remember what their party has done for us, and bring us back into their “big tent.” Yes, we are definitely in vogue these days. The question is: What are we going to do with our newfound

popularity? When political parties compete for your votes, you win. I wonder what the Democrat response will be to this Republican incursion. After 75 years or so of unbroken Black voter loyalty, the battle lines have been drawn by Priebus, who has set out to do what Michael Steele could not do with “fried chicken and potato salad:” get more Black folks to vote Republican. Why is it always an either/or choice between Black folks being

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By Marian Wright Edelman

The Devastating Voices of Children panel on school violence. Less than 2 percent of fatal gun violence against children takes place at school, but everyone’s heart broke with Elaine’s as she told the audience, “I am haunted by the child who said, ‘There is nothing you can do or say that will convince me that this will not happen again.’” Although many children in the school building and school system were not physically hurt on December 14, all these children and their siblings were also victims of the horrific violence

Elaine Zimmerman, the executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Children, joined by others, has been offering support to children and families in Newtown, Conn. since the shootings at their school in December 2012. She shared these quotes at a recent Harvard Graduate School of Education Askwith Forum where she, PBS NewsHour correspondent and Learning Matters president John Merrow, and I participated in a

that day. They carry an enormous burden and are paying an incalculable price that may never disappear. It’s the same price paid by children 50 miles away in Hartford’s North End—though the gun violence there and in inner cities across the country does not always make headlines, adding another layer of anger and frustration about feeling invisible on top of the Black community’s already deep pain. From rural Southern communities to small Midwestern towns, child and adult survivors

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of gun violence all over America pay a high price every day. The psychological and emotional toll of gun violence on bystanders, victims, and families can be overwhelming and leaves effects that last for years. What about the costs we can count? In addition to the trauma that is so deep and pervasive that it is harder to quantify, there are actual costs to gun violence that can be measured and are enormous. Victims and families often find themselves paying a high economic price while struggling

with the emotional one, and other taxpayers share the economic burden. A recent study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation found that gun injuries and deaths in 2010 cost the country $8.4 billion in medical and mental health care, emergency services, and administrative and criminal justice costs. Those shot and killed and their families and employers were estimated to have lost $52.5 billion

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By Lee A. Daniels

Stopped and Frisked – and Innocent an actual arrest – and only about half of those arrested are ultimately convicted of some transgression. Is that the definition, as the city administration and police department claim, of an effective crime-fighting program? Or is the program a cynical cover for police “make-work:” harassing innocent civilians in order to churn statistics of an operation that has virtually no effect on reducing crime – and burnish the department’s reputation and that of Mayor Mi-

Every year for the past decade, under the agency’s “stopand-frisk” program, New York City police officers have stopped 500,000 to nearly 700,000 citizens on the city’s streets. Nearly 90 percent of those stopped are Black and Hispanic men, women and children. The department’s own data show that at most only 12 to 14 percent of these stops result in

chael R. Bloomberg as effective crime-fighters? Those are the questions behind the central constitutional issue at the heart of a class-action lawsuit challenging New York’s controversial stop-and-frisk program now being heard in a federal district court in Manhattan. The suit, brought by the New York City-based Center for Constitutional Rights, reaches the court after years of complaints from the city’s Black and Hispanic communities, and civil rights and civil liberties advocates


against both the Bloomberg stop-and-frisk program and earlier, similar police department programs. That long record has produced legislation from the New York City Council that would establish an office of inspector general for the police department, which would have subpoena power to investigate police actions. The legislation, bitterly opposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, is inextricably enmeshed in this year’s mayoral

campaign. Bloomberg cannot run again; and does not want Christine Quinn, the Council’s Speaker, to be his successor. She is a chief sponsor of the legislation, and also said there’s enough support for it on the Council to override Bloomberg’s promised veto. The street-stops case is also being heard in the wake of a January federal court decision on a similar police department program in which landlords of

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By Askia Muhammad

Race Hatred Flares in the Old Dominion There is hardly anything in life whose appearance is not shaped by perspective. From the planet Mercury, just 30-some-odd million miles from the Sun, the sun fills the entire horizon during the day, and the temperatures for humans would be unbearable, ranging from a cool 212 degrees Fahrenheit at night, to a sizzling 1,292 degrees in the daytime. But on the other end of the

Solar system, from the planet Pluto, a nifty 4 billion plus miles away, the Sun would appear as the size of a quarter in the sky and the temperature gets so cold at times its atmosphere actually freezes. It’s all about one’s perspective. So it is with people. To his wife and daughters, Barack Obama isn’t just the president of the United States; he’s probably a wonderful husband and father. But to others, a little more distant from his family’s embrace, he’s seen as a disappointment by

some of his supporters who wish he would appear to do more for them, while opponents may view him as the personification of the Red Devil. Perspective. Black folks on the president’s team are told to “keep your head down and do your job,” a White House aide told me. “The president is the public image of the team.” So there are probably Black appointees doing great things inside this administration who no one among the public knows anything about. Meanwhile, in Chesterfield

County, Va. recently, a fire was intentionally set in the middle of the night at the home of Dr. O. Deshea Cuthrell, a church pastor. Racist graffiti was also painted on his house, and his car was set ablaze as well. Police are investigating the incident as a case of arson, although it has not yet been labeled a hate crime. Maybe it was just a couple of “Good Ole Boys” who had a little too much to drink … as boys will be boys, you know. It just depends on your perspective. That’s one possible explana-

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tion given to Richmond Free Press publisher and founder Raymond Boone, for a gunshot that was fired into the second floor office of his crusading newspaper, a newspaper which unabashedly supported the election in 2008 and the re-election in 2012 of President Obama. Maybe it was some folks who had partied too much in a downtown bar near his office, and then, you know … the shotgun came out and, aw shucks, boys

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“Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother, There’s far too many of you dying You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some lovin’ here today…” -What’s Going On

Marvin Gaye Celebration Planned at Historic Howard Theatre

Marvin Gaye April 2, 1939 - April 1, 1984 A favorite son of Washington, D.C., and a national treasure, Marvin Gaye’s music resonates with young people today as much as it does with those plugged in for decades. Silky smooth, Gaye married three times and didn’t shy away from affairs of the heart. A troubled soul, the hurt from the abuse at the hand of his father and the torment of drug addiction and depression are found in songs like, “Trouble Man,” “Mercy Mercy Me,” and, “Inner City Blues.” Gaye’s iconic status is a result of those timeless hits and others like, “What’s Going On,” “I Heard It Through The Grape-

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vine,” and, “Sexual Healing.” A tall and skinny youth, Gaye’s path to superstardom started on the soprano row in music class at Cardozo Senior High School in Northwest. “We were both in the 10th grade and, of course, he was just another student at that time,” said classmate Sandra Butler-Truesdale. “I wondered why he was sitting on the same row in music class as the girls.

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But, when we started to practice, he had this real high voice and I found out that he was a [male] soprano. As I listened to him, I realized that his voice was even higher than mine,” said Butler-Truesdale, 73. As one of Motown Records biggest stars, Gaye penned, produced, and played most of the instruments on all of his songs. His style included both a rough edge and a sweetness The Washington Informer

that moved both men and women. Born in 1939, the soul legend was gunned down by his own father, Marvin Gay, Sr., one day before his 45th birthday, on April 1, 1984. A D.C. legend, a city park in Northeast carries his name and Hennessy, the cognac maker, unveiled life-sized billboards featuring his picture from the seminal, “What’s Going On,”

album, that debuted in 1971, 35 years later. Today, Gaye would have been 74. “If you listen to, ‘What’s Going On,’ it’s even more profound than it was when he wrote it. At the time he was making the album, Marvin told me that it was being written by God and he was just an instrument,” Motown legend Smokey Robinson, 73, said. “God was writing the album because God wanted that message out, Marvin told me. And, I can buy that, because the message remains so significant today. I think it’s the greatest album ever.” Music from that album and others are expected to be featured at an April 3 Marvin Gaye Day Celebration at the historic Howard Theatre in Northwest, said Butler-Truesdale, one of the event’s organizers. She has teamed with the African American Music Association for nearly three decades to cele-

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Marvin Gaye holds his Grammy Award for the single, “Sexual Healing” in 1983. /Photo courtesy of the Motown Alumni Association

Jesse L. Martin has been cast as Marvin Gaye in the upcoming film, “Sexual Healing.” /Photo courtesy of NBC

gaye continued from Page 24 brate Gaye’s life and legacy. Tickets for the 29th annual event are $25 and the 8 p.m., show will include performances by The Father’s Children, a D.C. group that was once signed by Motown Records. It will also include a hand dance presentation, which is D.C.’s answer to the Harlem Shake. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. council members will also be on hand to help mark the occasion. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Marvin Gaye Scholarship Fund for District high school seniors who intend to pursue careers in music and the Howard Theatre Restoration Community Committee. “No one would have thought that, 29 years later, we’d be

doing this on the same stage that Marvin actually performed on,” said Saleem Hylton, 65, a vocalist with The Father’s Children. He remains one of the most celebrated superstars in the music industry. “The man was so creative,” said Washington, D.C., music producer Gordon Parks, who worked with Gaye on the singer’s final studio album in 1982, “Midnight Love,” which included the unforgettable hit, “Sexual Healing.” “To see this genius working … his ego wouldn’t let him do anything wrong. He knew what he was doing,” said Parks, 75. Gaye’s musical talents developed in the District. While his father led services at a local church and his mother worked as a domestic raising Gaye and his three siblings, the

aspiring vocalist emulated such artists as Rudy West of the Five Keys, Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters, Ray Charles and Blues singer Little Willie John. Eventually, Gaye formed the New Moonglows and landed at Motown Records in 1958. He went on to produce 56 top singles, that included duets with Tammi Terrell such as, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” in the late 1960s. Gaye left Motown for Columbia Records in 1982. A year later, he was selected to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the National Basketball Association’s All-Star game and the performance remains legendary for the soulful and sensual way in which Gaye delivered it. Still haunted by his past, Gaye traveled to Hawaii and Europe in an attempt to cope with his cocaine addiction, depression, and suicidal tendencies. Gaye moved into his parents’ Los Angeles, Calif., home in 1983, where the turbulent relationship with his father, ultimately ended his life. “The world not only lost a brilliant talent, but Washington, D.C., lost a man who loved his community,” said Butler-Truesdale, who lives in Southwest. Even for those outside of the District, Gaye’s legacy stands. “The fact that they still celebrate Marvin and his music [in Washington, D.C.] is out of sight. It’s fantastic,” said Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association in Detroit, Mich. “I applaud this and hope that it continues forever,” said Wilson, 64. Production also has started on a movie about the final years of Gaye’s life, titled, “Sexual Healing.” Jesse L. Martin has been cast as Gaye for the film and Martin’s “Law & Order” co-star, S. Epatha Merkeson, has been selected to portray Gaye’s mother. “The Marvin Gaye Day Celebration is going to be special,” Butler-Truesdale said. “Marvin was such a wonderful person who got caught up in a world that I don’t think he really understood, and [it] certainly didn’t understand him,” she said. “After all of these years, Washington, D.C., really does miss him.” wi For information about the event, or to purchase tickets, go to www. The Washington Informer

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ARIES You may find that discussions at home have taken a sudden, spiritual orientation. Give everyone room to express their personal beliefs without trying to preach your point of view. Your open-mindedness helps you with deep learning this week. Soul Affirmation: The winner is me. I smile for the cameras. Lucky Numbers: 31, 32, 54 TAURUS Feeling bold, are we? Well, go with the flow of your feelings! No other sign can call on inner courage as easily as you. Whether at home, at work, or out on the town, let your personal statements be stylish and bold! Soul Affirmation: This week is the week the Lord has made. I rejoice in it. Lucky Numbers: 23, 38, 52 GEMINI Tempers may flare around you this week but it’s nothing personal, so keep your mind on your own work and let others act up. You’ll be doing yourself a big favor if you get some exercise this week! Soul Affirmation: I change the way I look at business this week. Lucky Numbers: 28, 32, 50

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CANCER Restless feelings may arise over health matters, or perhaps education or the lack of it. Do what you need to do to feel comfortable with yourself. If it involves seeing a dentist or taking a class, what’s stopping you? Self-improvement can be a very enjoyable game! Soul Affirmation: Hope is future’s way of shining on me this week. Lucky Numbers: 12, 14, 21 LEO Set a limit on what you can do for others this week. You’ll enjoy your feelings more if you are straightforward about refusing a less than appetizing assignment. Trust your feelings and say “No, I won’t.” Clear boundaries help you define yourself. Soul Affirmation: I get joy from giving good things. Lucky Numbers: 13, 39, 41 VIRGO Let happiness flow inside and outside of you this week. Refuse to be drawn into any pseudo-crisis and you’ll stay happy. Stay quietly on task and you’ll have accomplished much by the end of this busy week. Soul Affirmation: I flavor my life with good wishes towards everyone this week. Lucky Numbers: 16, 28, 52 LIBRA A dream in which you already are what you hope to be will offer much insight into your current situation. Take some practical steps to keep the focus on this wonderful vision. You know you can be what you see! Soul Affirmation: I am a giver of good words this week. Lucky Numbers: 15, 23, 50 SCORPIO Do you realize that you are the only one who can tell you what to think and how to feel? Let go of any behaviors that are keeping you from achieving the things you want to achieve. Be creative and positive this week. Soul Affirmation: I focus on long-range financial security this week. Lucky Numbers: 14, 31, 42 SAGITTARIUS You can be very efficient this week if you set your will to the task. New ideas will occur to you as you are working steadily, so keep pencil and paper nearby to jot down your latest brilliance! Soul Affirmation: I give love and love gives to me. Lucky Numbers: 1, 29, 55 CAPRICORN Avoid getting involved in any office politics or family feuds this week. The week’s energy is excitable, but not necessarily exciting. Do your own thing and be proud of what you do. Let others do their own thing, so long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Soul Affirmation: Money opens doors for friendship to enter. Lucky Numbers: 10, 29, 46 AQUARIUS A message this week may necessitate travel on your part, and you may feel obligated to do something you don’t want to. Let the energy flow past you and do what you think is best. Who you are is who you are—be glad about it! Soul Affirmation: I fill my mind with visions of love this week. Lucky Numbers: 40, 47, 52 PISCES You wake up feeling peaceful and wise. Discussions with a close friend may reveal the source of your inner freedom in a very tangible way. So talk about it. You’ve got everything good to gain. Soul Affirmation: I let my mind go slack and tighten up my body. Lucky Numbers: 33, 38, 41

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Columbus Crew Defeats D.C. United 2-1

Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall gets the upper hand on D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius in the first half of MLS action at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, March 23. “We just weren’t good enough on the ball, again. We’ll work on it. We’ve got two weeks to work on things. I’ll take the blame for that game, 100 percent. We’ve got two weeks now for me to whip this team into shape. I’ll make sure we get back to basics,” said D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen. “The coaching staff and I have to teach again, get back to fundamentals because right now the team doesn’t have a lot of the good things that we had at the end of last year. And, I’ve got to get that in them very quickly,” Olsen said of his team’s performance. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum dives too late as D.C. United forward Rafael Teixeira scores his first MLS goal during the first half of soccer action to tie the game at 1 on Saturday, March 23 at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Southeast. Columbus Crew defeated D.C. United 2-1. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Pray for Those Who Spitefully Use You and Persecute You But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45) How many of us out there find this scripture a hard one to swallow? Most of us would rather devise a plan to get back at someone or teach them an invaluable lesson. This week is Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday weekend, a time when we’ve got to begin to take off all of our old grave clothes, by that I mean; those negative behaviors we have. We need to put on fresh clean clothing; by getting a new and more positive outlook on life. Don’t think about bringing harm to anyone who has done something to you. You can forgive and be nice to others every minute of your life, even when you don’t feel like doing so. It’s scriptural! Read Matthew 18:2122, which says: 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times Once upon a time, I worked with a young lady, and all she wanted to do was gossip, gossip, gossip. One day I got really tired of that and the Lord led me to some scriptures against gos-

sip. I shared them with her. She didn’t like what I had done one bit, but it helped her. She never said another unkind word about anyone else to me, in fact, she stopped talking to me altogether. My words were scriptural, I also prayed for her as well. Notice in Matthew 5, Jesus said, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.” Love, bless, do good – not just for your friends, but for your enemies as well. That is God’s way, and when we follow it, we show ourselves to be sons of the Father. “Sons” speaks of maturity, and our love and kindness toward our enemies demonstrates that we are indeed part of the family of God – we’re living up to the family name. There are battles and negative circumstances which God’s people must face, even as the unjust do. But they do not come from God. God gives only good gifts (James 1:17) tells us: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. God’s purpose is for us to be a means of blessing. When He blesses us, it is not only for ourselves, but for all those around us as well. In that way, even our very presence becomes a blessing to others, for God will always watch out for us and take care of us. He blesses with such abundance that we cannot help but share with others. We are called to partner with God in blessings. We are to demonstrate our love, even to

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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:

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Full Gospel Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin Pastor 2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Come Grow With Us and Establish a Blessed Family” Sunday Worship 7:30am & 10:45am Baptism/Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Family Bible Study Tuesdays – 6:30pm Prayer Service Tuesdays – 8:00pm

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

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

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

4850 Blagdon Ave, NW • Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 • Fax (202) 291-3773

1251 Saratoga Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 (202) 269-0288

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

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

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

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

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

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


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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

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

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

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

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

Salem Baptist Church

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

Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

621 Alabama Avenue, S.E. • Washington, D.C. 20032 P: (202) 561-1111 F: (202) 561-1112

917 N St. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 232-4294

9th & P Street, N.W. • W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4200

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

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

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

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

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

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Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

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

Peace Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Administration No. 2013 ADM 144

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Administration No. 2013 ADM 161

Elmer M. Whiting Decedent

Elmer M. Whiting Decedent

Joshua E. Anderson Decedent

Louvenia W. Williams, ESQ. 9500 Arena Drive, #450 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney

Louvenia W. Williams, Esq. 9500 Arena Drive, #450 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney

Nathaniel Bush 1119 44th Place SE Washington, DC 20019 Attorney




Elbert 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 September 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 September 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.

Dorothy McAllister, whose address is 11415 Deepwood Drive, Bowie MD 20720, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joshua E. Anderson, who died on September 23, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 14, 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 September 14, 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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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 160 Thomas Alphonso Claxton Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Mabel H. P. Middleton, whose address is 726 Woodacre Rd., Jackson, MS 39206, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Thomas Alphonso Claxton, who died on January 16, 2013 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 September 14, 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 September 14, 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: March 14, 2013

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Elbert Francis Whiting Personal Representative

Elber Francis Whiting Personal Representative

Dorothy McAllister Personal Representative





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Administration No. 2013 ADM 179 Patricia Ann Yates Decedent George L. Garrow, Jr./Garrow Law Firm 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jacqueline Yates, whose address is 3274 15th Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Patricia Ann Yates, who died on November 29, 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 September 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 September 21, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: March 21, 2013 Jacqueline Yates 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

COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Notice of Standard Probate Estate of Gwendolyn Bradley-Tinsley Deceased Administrative No. 2011 ADM 323

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Deborah D. Boddie, Esq. for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. In the absence of a Will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate. Confirm the successor unsupervised personal representative.

Date of first publication: March 7, 2013 Deborah D. Boddie 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Personal Representative

Mabel H. P. Middleton Personal Representative

Administration No. 2013 ADM 164

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Cynthia Goins, whose address is 6602 Medwick Dr. Hyattsville, MD 20783, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ruth E. Goins, who died on December 15, 2006 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 September 14, 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 September 14, 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.

Cynthia Goins Personal Representative





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We were presented with these stark choices when Mr. 47 Percent Romney faced off against President Obama. One could hardly call our president a flaming liberal. People chose the humanitarian Obama vision of the world instead of the elitist austerity that Romney exemplified. The people have spoken, but the politicians can’t hear. The people are talking, the politicians are posturing, and millions are wondering how they will survive if a Ryan budget passes. Why can’t we all get along? wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

ken, and “libel,” which is written, I told him I couldn’t have possibly made that charge because I never used the word “school” anywhere in my column. He waited four months to reply and still didn’t get it right. To his credit, Armstrong acknowledged his error on-air and apologized. During the program Sunday, Roland said he had spoken with Tricia Harris, a King representative, who said the money paid to the Kings was for corporations that exploited Dr. King’s image and they had not received money from the foundation for using quotes and the likeness of Dr. King. I said, “She’s lying.” Harris sent me a note taking exception to my comment and said, “It’s a great American tragedy when influential African Americans attack the King family for protecting and benefiting from Dr. King’s work when he set it up that way.” Actually, King, Inc. was created after Dr. King’s assassination. Therefore, he did not “set it up that way.” Second, the licensing

agreement does in fact extract a fee from the mall foundation in exchange for using his likeness on materials and quotes at the memorial. Let’s be clear: No one is objecting to the King siblings profiting from their father’s intellectual properties. The issue is, unlike the descendants of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, they are trying to personally profit from a national monument that honors their father and the struggle he led. David Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning King biographer, told the Roland Martin and Joe Williams: “It’s not as if (King, Inc.) is using any of this income for charitable good deeds. We’ve seen none of that whatsoever. It appears to be simply self-enrichment for a small number of people.” As great as he was, the March on Washington wasn’t about Dr. King. It was about jobs and freedom. Sadly, 50 years later, we need a similar march that unites our leaders around those same issues. wi

dence rather than political allegiance to anyone or any party. It’s all about reciprocity, and the last time I checked, Black people have yet to receive even a reasonable return on our investment in the U.S. Our American experience is unique. No other group has committed so much to, worked so hard for, fought and died in wars for America, and received so little in return. Other groups did not go through what we went through, and our right to play in the political game was bought and paid for hundreds of years ago. However, this is still, above all, a capitalistic society, and economics rules the day. If we take care of business in

the economics arena, the political arena will be easy pickings. We had better wake up from our infatuation with political parties, and understand that they only want us for one thing: our votes. Of course, they would also like our campaign donations, but we certainly aren’t trying to hear that. Black people must be more politically independent, and stop letting the talking heads and so-called leaders, both Black and White, steer us toward one party over the other. We will be more politically effective if we leverage our votes with those who espouse and support our interests. If we can’t do that then we should at

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who receive SNAP assistance is less than $700. That means families who receive this benefit are working part-time or not at all, not an unusual occurrence when the unemployment rate remains higher than 7 percent overall and 13 percent for African Americans. We can’t get along with proposals to cut educational funding, knowing education opens doors for generations to come. How, then, will they fill the gap between the lean budget passed by Senate Democrats, and the austerity budget passed by Republicans? It is up to we, the people. A few weeks ago, a friend proposed organizing a March that would bring thousands to Washington as these

curry continued from Page 22 Foundation) and limit the scope of the monument-connected activities it had planned to advance Dr. King’s legacy. Roland Martin and Joe Williams have an interesting article on about the controversy. We had a heated discussion Sunday on “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” about the King children’s interaction with Harry Johnson and the group that raised the money for King monument on the Mall, the first to honor an African American. In response to my earlier column on the subject, Armstrong Williams wrote a column claiming I had slandered the King family and “For Mr. Curry to spread the falsehood that the King family is charging schools for the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech is not only wrong, but embarrassing to these good people.” After schooling Armstrong Sunday on the difference between “slander,” defamation that is spo-

clingman continued from Page 22 a Republican or a Democrat? It seems to me that Black people, especially, should always be independent and willing to support either party if, of course, both parties address the interests and needs of Black people. Notwithstanding the opposing arguments regarding what Presidents Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Nixon did for Black people versus what Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Johnson did, we should base our voting on interests rather than parties. Our unique position and genesis in this country demand political

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Muhammad continued from Page 23 will be boys. Boone does not intend to back down from his record of advocacy on behalf of Black people. Nor does he suffer fools gladly. So when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack promised an advertising campaign in the

Black Press, and then launched a program to combat obesity among Americans, and then when there was little or no advertising for the campaign in the Black Press, Boone felt betrayed, and said as much to Education Secretary Arne Duncan during a White House briefing for Black publishers during Black Press Week in mid-March. It’s a matter of perspective, I suppose.

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school and wonder whether the grown-ups they know will ever be able to protect them and keep them safe. “There is nothing you can do or say that will convince me that this will not happen again.” Listen to the children. The costs of gun violence in America are far too high for them and for all of us. They are a price none of us can afford and none of us, especially our children, should be forced to pay. It is past time to protect children, not guns. wi Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to

thousands of private buildings in The Bronx gave the department permission to patrol their buildings and arrest trespassers. The judge in that case found that the police searches of individuals routinely violated citizens’ 4th Amendment rights and said it needed to be modified if it is to continue. That judge was Shira A. Scheindlin, who is also hearing the current, broader case involving police street stops. The Supreme Court has long upheld the right of police officers to stop and question civilians on the street; but they must have reasonable cause – not just a hunch – to search individual’s belongings or person. Bloomberg and Kelly have repeatedly declared the stopand-frisk program integral to the police department’s success in reducing crime.

But critics assert that the city has never presented any statistics or other data establishing a direct connection between the program and the fact that the city’s crime rate has declined during the past decade. Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, told the New York Times last month that “A gun — the ostensible reason behind the stop-and-frisk regime — was found in 0.1 percent of stops,” she added. “That is an unbelievably poor yield rate for such an intrusive, wasteful and humiliating police action.” The street-stops trial opened last week with the wrenching testimony of three Black men who told of being stopped and frisked, and in one instance, momentarily handcuffed. “To be treated like that, by someone who works for New York City, I felt degraded and helpless,” said Nicholas K. Peart, 24, who is the legal guardian of his two young

brothers and 20-year-old disabled sister. In December 2011, Peart, a college student, wrote a widely-discussed op-ed article in the New York Times about the five times police have stopped and frisked him in the last decade. As this column is being written, the commanding officer of one of the patrolmen will soon be called to testify about his criticism of the cop for not stopping and frisking the “right people” – which he later defined as “male Blacks 14 to 20, 21.” His tape-recorded words, defending a program with an atrocious record of identifying the “right people” of any age to stop for questioning, should underscore that all citizens deserve police officers who are committed to being protectors, not predators. wi Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His latest book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America.

After all, what group is more susceptible to obesity in America than Black folks? What better way to reach them than in the pages of the newspapers they trust and respect? Never mind the fact that Black people gave President Obama more than 90 percent of their votes in two consecutive elections. Never mind that the president’s opponents in both elections polled a majority of White voters, both male and female. Never mind that sentimental “reward your political friends” stuff and punish your enemies. Never mind that during the 2012 political campaign the distribu-

tion of the Richmond Free Press was disrupted, papers were stolen and destroyed, distribution boxes were defaced and defiled and the newspaper was labeled “racist” for its unflinching support of the president who happens to be Black. Never mind that nostalgic stuff, it just makes sense that in a campaign to combat obesity, you would want to aim your message where you can find the most fat people. “When it comes to poor people, in his many speeches which stress equality, there is the omission of the poor people, people who need his help the most, people who helped him the

most,” Boone told me in an interview recently. “So I think that the president needs to not only acknowledge the contributions that the Black community, particularly Civil Rights advocates have done to put him in the White House, but he needs to return rewards to the Black community for the investment that the Black community has made in him. I don’t think we have received that return.” The race haters in Virginia sure seem to know who to pay back. But then again, it could just be a difference in perspective. wi

in wages and productivity due to death or injury. This adds up to a total of $60.8 billion, 20 percent of which was borne by local, state and federal governments. This gives a sense of the magnitude of the loss experienced by those killed or injured and their families. Together all these costs add up to $174.1 billion a year, a little more than 1 percent of our nation’s gross national product. This is an average of $1.7 million in one year for each of the 105,177 gun deaths and injuries that occurred in 2010. And even this number is an underestimate. It does not count the larger toll and economic impact of gun violence on entire communities, including lower housing values, lost proper-

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