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Questions Remain about Immigration Legislation By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, Congress is working on what one immigration expert said is the most sweeping reform since the attack on the World Trade Center. Muzaffar Chishti, director of

the Migration Policy Institute’s New York office, said immigration reform legislation crafted by the so-called “Gang of Eight” – has created movement on the issue not seen in decades. “There has never been this much momentum or this much bipartisan and White House support,” said Chrishti. “The bill

is the first serious bipartisan effort since 2001, the most sweeping look at the issue since [then]. Nine-eleven sidelined debate for all these years and this kind of reignites the debates.” “The focus of the bill is delivering citizenship to 11.2 million undocumented immigrants. It does it slowly but ultimately, it

leads to a pathway for citizenship although it may take them 13 years.” Republicans are more amenable to an agreement following the shellacking they took in November. Latino voters backed President Barack Obama in significant numbers, forcing the GOP to deal with the immigra-

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Center of luncheon the city of District for Hope earlier this All 5 lawyers were again elected Heights and the National Hookspring at the National Council of “Best Lawyers in America” 2012 Up of Black Women. Negro Women’s (NCNW) headKaren Evans is a nurse/attorney Marlow has written a book, quarters in Northwest. Attorney/Pediatrician Harlow Case Karen Evans Melissa Rhea “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a “The precursor to human trafRobert Chabon, M.D., J.D. is story about four generations of Of Counsel. ficking andviolence. sex slavesThe are brokendomestic book is ness and the need for love,” Bello inspired by her own experiences, told audience. was a straight and the those of her“Igrandmother, A Then by a herstudent. mother andI was her raped daughter. man who every was my grandfather’s She said time she reads In Memoriam friend. was 11. was she 30. still My excerptsI from herHe book, Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr. can not believe the words stepfather beat my mothercame unWilhelmina J. 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Periodicals Elaine Davis-Nickens, presiI was addicted to heroin, cocaine Shantella Assistant Editor mailing prior News and advertising deadlineY.isSherman, Monday prior to publication. is Monday publication. Andent of the National Hook-Up Announcements be received nouncements must must be received two two weeks prior to event. Copyright 2000 by The and alcohol. I wassaid beaten. RonPOST Burke,MASTER: Advertising/ Marketing Director of Black Women, thereIisfelt no Washington Informer. All rights reserved. Send change of addressweeks prior to event. Copyright 2010 dirty and nasty and felt like my vaconsistency in the way domestic es to The Washington Informer, 3117 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., S.E. Washington, Lafayette Barnes, IV, Assistant Photo Editor by The Washington Informer. All gina was aissues trash are can.dealt At 15, I was D.C. 20032.POSTMASTER: No part of this Send publication may be reproduced without written permisviolence with by rights reserved. 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law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are 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 AlsoBarbara presentPerkins, at the president event was (L-R) of the said. International Black Women’s Mildred Muhammad, Marlow would also see Public Policy Institute with the BrookexBello, film documentarian and like child to sexwife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise slave survivor at the “Hats for Hope” fundraiser earlier this spring. The who was six consecamongheadquarters children in in event took sentenced place at theto National Council awareness of Negro Women’s utive life /Photo terms by without parole public and private schools. She Northwest. Roy Lewis by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatthe Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. coming here and learned that Los and Janice Hahn of Los Angeles 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasAngeles, San Francisco and San who have expressed an interest the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilDiego had some of the highest in this issue,” said Perkins who an organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” statistics president of the Instisurvivors ofof trafficking domestic victims,” violence serves Marlowassaid. said Bello children. who hails from Cali- tute. “This has is worked about awareness and their Marlow to break fornia. action.ofWe are asking “I lived in fear for six years. Six and the cycle abuse in her people family, It’s innotable that time. IBWPPI years fear is a long It is to join to eradicate and is us confident the human policiestrafshe hosted not an its easyHats thingfortoHope come lunout ficking is pushing forchild willsexstart that and the trade.” of,” sheduring said. March, which was process. cheon IBWPPI also points to statisMildredHistory Muhammad said tics“I that plan show to takethat thesechildren policies in to Women’s Month. The people who want help Congress to luncheon served not toonly as a foster careand are implore also verythem vulnerdomestic violence change our laws,” Marlow said. fundraiser, but also tovictim educatemust the able to human trafficking. Acbe careful of how they goto into “I will not stop until these polipublic and bring awareness this cording to information received the victim's life,March, and understand cies are passed.” issue. Also in Congress from the office Karen that sheand mayPresident be in “survival Tia Carol JonesofcanRep. be reached passed Obama Bass of California, last year mode”. at 98 signed the re-authorization of the percent of child victims of sex “Before you get to 'I'm going Violence Against Women living in Connecticut to kill you,' it started as aAct. verbal trafficking WI “Under the re-authorization, were in the child welfare system; the act added new protections for in New York, 85 percent of idenwomen of color,” said Heather tified child sex trafficking victims Foster, associate director of the had contact with the child welfare president’s Office of Public Ensystem in 2007 and in 2011, the gagement. “The Act specifically Los Angeles County Probation (includes language) targeting huDepartment reported that 59 man sex trafficking and there is percent of victims of trafficking an initiative expanding across the under their supervision had been administration,” she said. foster youth. Bass has introduced IBWPPI was founded in 2009 by Barbara Perkins and Ka legislation with bipartisan supFlewellen of California. Inspired port to strengthen the child welby their work with the late Dr. fare response to child trafficking. Meanwhile Bello has produced Dorothy I. Height and NCCW, the organization’s mission is to a documentary – Survivor Living work in the United States and in- Above the Noise – that describes ternationally to convene hearings her journey. She’s also in the proand discussions to evaluate the cess of developing a walk-in help impact of current public policies center in Florida and she talks and to initiate new policies that to young people on the streets address the major threats to the as part of her outreach effort. guilt Marlow will keep well-being of black women and “Transgression andL.Y. a person in bondage,” she said. their families. “It produces a profound cripThe organization plans to expand its Hats for Hope with pling of the spirit. You are lost events in Los Angeles, New York, because you don’t know who you Atlanta and back to Washington, are.” wi D.C. To learn more about IBWPPI and “I have been in contact with Reps. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn Hats for Hope visit

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Special Elections, the Aftermath By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Council member Anita Bonds is basking in the glow of an election victory that allows her to hold the at-large seat that she will have to fight to defend next year. For now, she can focus on serving the people she was elected to represent. One feature of the April 23 election that makes it memorable is the fact that the turnout was only 9.86 percent. Commentator, consultant and political analyst Chuck Thies said he visited 20 polls for much of the day last Tuesday and saw clear evidence of low turnout. “It’s just bland. I’m not seeing the candidates’ base. Even Ward 4 is bland,” he said at the time. “This performance is nothing to make any candidate [put] champagne on ice. Ultimately, someone has to win.” The race proved to be much less of a squeaker than political pundits forecast. The predictions were that Bonds and Patrick Mara would likely be separated by a few hundred votes. Bonds captured 16,054 votes or 32 percent of the vote, while Elissa Silverman earned 13,740 votes and 27.55 percent of the vote, while Mara, a Republican, copped 11,367 or 22.79 percent of votes cast. So why the paltry turnout? “I think people are very motivated to vote nationally,” said Thies, 47. “There was not a lot of TV, radio coverage or newspaper stories. Our neighbors have other things that are more interesting to them. The average voter may

have decided to vote but woke up 10 minutes late [election] morning and didn’t bother. And later in the day, he or she may have chosen Happy hour for $2 beers or a softball league, soccer practice or picking up the children.” A long-time political activist said there are a range of reasons for poor voter turnout. “There are lots of reasons for that,” said the activist who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Any election that’s off-year is going to have less visibility. It is outside of the normal election cycle or every two years. The super election cycle is the presidential election. People vote every two years for the city council. This is an odd-year with less visibility and discussion, and less people running. For this particular election, it’s filling a seat that’s not a critical seat. It’s not like [voting for] chairman or mayor. And it doesn’t garner a lot of enthusiasm because it’s citywide.” “Thirdly, and probably most importantly, we have election fatigue. Someone said the other day, ‘It’s Tuesday, it must be Election Day.’ People are just really burned out.” The campaigning leading up to the election touched on issues of race and class, reflecting the changing demographics of the District and black Washingtonians’ concerns about the dilution of their place and power. Thies spoke of what Mara faced if he had won the council seat. “He’ll have to earn the trust of people who are skeptical,” said Thies, who used his Ward

5 neighborhood as an example. “My neighborhood is 75 percent black. I like my neighborhood and when I moved in, I needed to introduce myself to my neighbors, let them know who I am and what I represent. He’ll need to approach the council in a similar fashion. Ninety percent of people have an open mind but they will look at him with greater scrutiny.” Denise Rolark Barnes “There are cultural differencIndependent Beauty Consultant es and tensions in this city. You www.marykay/ won’t be judged by the color of 202-236-8831 your skin but by your actions. You have to be cognizant that other people will be watching you a little more.” The unidentified political activist said the city council is being run by pretty smart and progressive people. “A lot of black people are saying they don’t care [who is on the council] as long as they stop stealing the money and stop embarrassing the black race,” he said. “People are really angry with Kwame [Brown], Michael Brown and [Harry] Thomas for [messing] up the black legacy. Their fathers, [Marshall Brown, Ron Brown and Harry Thomas, Sr.] were really important in the Civil Rights era and were really important political leaders.” “In a poll a year ago in New York, Philly and D.C., black people said they‡like a healthy of and lowercase, flush left as indicated on artwork at these point sizes: Consultant name in 11-point Helvetica Neue Bo Please set all copymix in upper Consultant in 9-point Helvetica Neue Light; Web site or e-mail address in 9-point Helvetica Neue Light; phone number in 9-point Helvetica white people Beauty in their community To the Independent Beauty Consultant: Only Company-approved Web sites obtained through the Mary Kay® Personal Web Site program may ... Certainly people would like to have a majority black council in a majority black city but Brown, Thomas and Brown [messed] it up.” wi The Washington Informer

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May 5 1905 – Robert Sengstacke Abbot (1870-1940) founds the Chicago Defender newspaper calling it “the world’s greatest weekly.” Indeed, he would build the Defender into the largest circulation and most influential Black newspaper of its day. May 6 1812- Martin R. Delany, a pioneering Black nationalist, is born on this day in Charles Town, Virginia. Abraham Lincoln once described him as one of the most brilliant men he had ever met. Delany would fight in the Civil War to end slavery and become one of the nation’s first Black military officers. After the war he became a doctor. But over the years he became frustrated with American racism and began to advocate a return of Blacks to Africa. May 6 1787 - African Lodge No. 459 organized in Boston with Prince Hall as Master. 1886 - M.A. Cherry patented the tricycle. 1960 - President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of

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Viewp int Laurie Hayman Washington, D.C. Rent in D.C. is absolutely too high. I don’t think the average person with the average salary can afford the rent prices in D.C. – it’s outrageous. Rent for a onebedroom apartment is around $1,500.00, while the average rent for two-bedrooms and up is even more. It’s a little too much. It would be great if District government [officials] found a way to cap rent prices, but I don’t know how they would go about doing it. The cost for everything keeps rising, while salaries are not.

Tamara Johnson Takoma Park, Md. I think rent in the District is extremely high. It would be better if there were a variety of options such as rent control, or residential housing, where people with different incomes could live in the same dwelling. I’ve worked a lot with community-based organizations that work with the homeless community and many of them have been displaced as a result of the high costs of housing. It would be great if the District government had variety of options for people based on their income.


Lynda Perry Washington, D.C. It’s ridiculous that rent in the District is so high. There aren’t as many people in D.C. with as much money as people who live in New York and Los Angeles. While there are great jobs that pay well in the city, rent shouldn’t be as high as it is. It’s even more difficult for college students who attend local universities and rent in D.C. There should be a program specifically for college and graduate school students that place them in rentcontrolled properties.

Bianca Terry Washington, D.C. It definitely is too high. I have watched the prices for rent increase significantly over the past few years and have seen a lot of workers move from the city to the suburbs. There should be more involvement from the District government and support for programs that are income based where a certain number of housing units are set aside for people who meet the requirements.


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Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 777 North Capitol Street, NE (First Floor Training Room) Washington, D.C. 20002 The Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, will conduct a public hearing at the above stated date, time, and place, to receive comments on proposed rules, which, if adopted, would amend section 112, “Fees”, of chapter 1, “Water Supply;” section 402, “Initiating a Challenge,” of chapter 4, “Contested Water and Sewer Bills;” and sections 4100, “Rates for Water Service,” 4101, “Rates for Sewer Service,” 4104, “Customer Classification for Water and Sewer Rates,” of chapter 41, “Retail Water and Sewer Rates,” of title 21, “Water and Sanitation,” of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. The Agenda will be posted to DC Water’s website at The proposed rules were published in the March 1, 2013 edition of the D.C. Register, at 60 DCR 2413-2416; March 15, 2013 edition of the D.C. Register, at 60 DCR 3796-3797. Each individual or representative of an organization who wishes to present testimony at the public hearing is requested to furnish his or her name, address, telephone number and name of the organization (if any) by calling (202) 787-2330 or emailing the request to no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday May 6, 2013. Oral presentations by individuals will be limited to five (5) minutes. Oral presentations made by representatives of an organization will not be longer than ten (10) minutes. Written testimony may be submitted by mail to Linda R. Manley, Secretary to the Board, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, 5000 Overlook Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20032, or by email to Such written testimony is to be clearly marked “Written Testimony for Public Hearing, May 8, 2013” and received by 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2013.

Thomas Farmer Washington, D.C. Rent is D.C. is too high. The working man can’t afford many of the places in the city. A lot of people are moving out of the District and are heading over to Prince George’s County because the prices there are more affordable. Gentrification has really changed the complexion of the city. The District government needs to get more involved.

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IMMIGRATION continued from Page 1 cess. Republicans say they’ll support the legislation if they get assurances that border security will be significantly enhanced and other measures are also enacted. The bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15 has become a political football for some GOP lawmakers who want to slow down the move to reform the broken immigration system because the suspects came to the United States as permanent residents. For much of the past three years, Ron Daniels, Ph.D., has sought to make black voices heard above the fray. He and a group of colleagues representing a range of Black, Afro-Latino, African and Caribbean organizations are deeply concerned about the effect the new law will have on black people. “There is growing alarm in some quarters of the Black Diaspora that the legislation they put forth may harm the interests of people of African descent,” said Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) and Distinguished Lecturer at York College, City University of New York. “We cannot stand by and let this happen. Among the issues we discussed, The Washington Informer

the census came up and then immigration. It’s a very important issue among African Americans in the group,” Daniels told a group of reporters during a recent press conference at Busboys & Poets in Northwest. “IBW favors just and equitable immigration reforms which respect the interests of people of African descent. We do not view it as a ‘Kum-ba-yah’ exercise but a matter of critical importance to the interests and aspirations of people of African descent in a pluralistic society.” To that end, the Pan African Unity Dialogue (PAUD) of New York, an umbrella group convened by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, explored this issue and developed an Immigration Reform Call to Action report. Waldaba Stewart, Ph.D., chairman of the board of the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College in New York, chaired the project and flagged a number of issues within different policy proposals which he and PAUD members feel is detrimental to black interests. The PAUD document identifies these issues and offers recommendations for resolving them in a way that protects the interests of people of African descent as part of the overall quest to achieve immigra-

tion policy reform – reform that people of African descent can enthusiastically support because their interests are included. Stewart said the Diversity Visa Program is likely to be sacrificed in a compromise calculated to please Republicans. “It goes from bad to worse,” he said. “Under the disparity rule, there was anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 visa spots set aside for a lottery for those countries which were exceptionally excluded. This included every Caribbean country, every Sub-Saharan country and Central and South American countries where we have blacks.” “Blacks got about 40,00045,000 of those visas which are granted through a lottery. That’s nothing to sneeze at but because of discriminatory practices, we were still unrepresented. There are a number of people who wish our number was zero. They have decided that Asians and Indians are more acceptable to Europeans. The way to settle that is to chop off 50,000 from the bottom and add 100,000 people with greater skill levels at the top.” Chrishti said about one million immigrants a year get green cards [permanent residency] and 75 percent comes by way of families. “What the new legislation


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IMMIGRATION continued from Page 8 would do is put more emphasis on labor, focusing on the economy and labor-market needs,” he said. “This is more like a gauge. It will allow the numbers to rise up or down depending on the economy. We will admit many more people in the country than we have done since 1962. And there will be more priority on bringing in the highly skilled and people with science, technology and engineering backgrounds and experience.” The legislation would also allow the less skilled to enter the U.S. and afford them the freedom to move from employer-to-employer and obtain citizenship over time, said Chrishti. While the Diversity Visa Program has been hugely important, he said, the feeling among lawmakers is that “that’s not the way to run the store,” and that the program has run its course. The proposed legislation would replace the visa program with a merit-based points system. Some black leaders and activists are furious that the visa program might be eliminated and a number of members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have vowed to fight until it’s reinstated. “CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), and Co-Chairs of the CBC Taskforce on Immigration Reform, Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), released a statement on the Senate’s plan referred to as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. “I am pleased the Senate ‘Gang of Eight’ has worked to introduce

a bill that addresses issues facing millions of illegal and undocumented immigrants,” said Fudge, 60. “In some way, every person in this country bears the weight of our broken immigration system, and having a bill is the first step in making suitable changes that will fix and alleviate them. However, we are concerned that the Diversity Visa Program has been eliminated.” She said the taskforce is reviewing the bill to make sure it addresses the unique concerns of the black immigrant and African-American communities, particularly in ensuring diversity of immigrants, justice reform, and efforts to invest in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] programs at historically black colleges and universities. “We look forward to continued negotiations and debate,” Fudge added. Clarke, agreed, saying that the visa program “provides for the future flow of diverse immigrant groups from underrepresented countries to have a real chance of obtaining the American Dream.” “Although assurances have been made that the new ‘merit-based point system’ would account for diversity, my concern is that it isn’t robust or sustainable enough to adequately protect the future flow of racially and socioeconomically diverse immigrant populations.” Chrishti said passage of the law is uncertain. “Frankly, it’s too early to tell, but the momentum is significant. It’s all [moving] in the right direction but there’s a long road ahead. If I had to make a guess, I’d say it will pass in the Senate but there’s a completely different dynamic in the House,” he said.wi The Washington Informer

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Medal Moves Closer to Alabama Bombing Victims By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer National recognition of one of the darkest days in American history and the tragic sacrifice of four innocent children is one step closer to reality. Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted 420-0 to award the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award the government can bestow, posthumously to the four young African-American girls who were killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. If the bill is passed by the Senate, it will go to President Barack Obama for his signature. The medals could be awarded to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson (all 14 and younger) in September, the 50th anniversary of the bombing. Twenty-two others –mostly children, were also injured. This tragedy occurred weeks after the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Three Ku Klux Klan members were found guilty of the bombing years later. Some relatives of the girls have reportedly told the press that they aren’t interested in accepting the medal. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell of Alabama and Congressman Spencer Bachus, both of Alabama, introduced the bill along with the entire Alabama delegation and Alabama natives Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Sanford Bishop, both of Georgia. “Though we will never be able to replace the lives lost or the injuries suffered, this medal serves as a compelling reminder of the sacrifices so many freedom fighters made to help us achieve equality and social change,” said Sewell. Sewell noted that it was an “honor” to have Dianne Braddock and Lisa McNair, sisters of Carole Robertson and Denise McNair, join her in Washington on April 25 for the passage of the bill. “The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which killed four innocent young girls and injured nearly two dozen people, shocked the con-

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The four little girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing shortly after the 1963 March on Washington may posthumously be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. /Courtesy Photo

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and others introduced the bill to honor the four little girls who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 15, 1963. /Courtesy Photo

science of our nation and led to the passage of a landmark civil rights law,” said Bachus. “A Congressional Gold Medal would be a fitting commemoration of the lasting legacy of four beautiful little girls who, in losing their lives far too early, changed America permanently.  Great progress has been made in Alabama and our nation during the half-century since that horrific bombing, but we should always be mindful of the hard journey that so many had to take to secure the color-blind rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.” Others agreed. “I’m very happy that the House has passed this bill,” said Dianne Braddock, the older sister of Carole Robertson. “Fifty years later, we recognize not only the four little girls but the sacrifices of their families and how their sacrifices

brought progress in this country.” Lisa McNair, the younger sister of Denise McNair, expressed her gratitude to Sewell and Bachus. “I’m so excited about this wonderful honor, and I can’t wait to get home and share this information with my mother. She will be thrilled. I hope the Senate will vote favorably as well,” she said. Radio and talk show host Tavis Smiley has advocated for the girls being honored with the gold medal for some time. “These four precious martyred heroines will finally get the recognition and respect their ultimate sacrifice warrants,” said Smiley. “What an honor to have played even a small part in arousing the public’s consciousness about this historic opportunity.” wi


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Another development has occurred in the continuing drama concerning the leadership of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). PGCPS Interim Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley, Ph.D., has notified the school board that he will resign June 3 – 27 days before the end of his contract. He said he reached his decision with “mixed emotions.” “I have enjoyed my tenure as interim superintendent of schools and appreciate the support of our board, staff, parents, students, and members of the community,” said Crawley. “I am very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure.” The board accepted his resignation. Crawley was one of four finalists vying for the superintendent’s position, all of whom withdrew their names from consideration while the legislature considered making changes to the school system’s top management structure last month. On April 6 the Maryland House of Delegates approved major changes to the management structure of the school system, allowing Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III to appoint the next superintendent as well as the chair and vice chair of the school board. It also expands the number of school board seats with the county executive given license to appoint three and the Prince George’s County Council authority to appoint one. The legislation authorizes the governor to appoint a three-member selection committee to identify three finalists for the school system’s top administrative position. Baker will choose the new superintendent – whose new title will be chief executive officer from those finalists.  “We are saddened by Dr. Crawley’s decision to leave early; however, due to the passage of the recent legislation changing the governance structure of our school system, we fully understand,” according to a statement issued by the school board. “We regretfully accept Dr. Crawley’s resignation and express our gratitude and appreciation for his consistent dedication to student achievement.” After William R. Hite Jr., left the superintendent’s position

to head the Philadelphia public school system, Crawley was hired in August of 2012. He had previously served as deputy chief of programming in the District of Columbia Public Schools Office of Special Education and also held senior-level administrative positions in Arlington, Chicago and Boston public schools. Meanwhile, Baker released a statement saying he respected Crawley’s decision and would work with the board to ensure a smooth transition. “I want to ensure the parents, students, teachers and employees of Prince George’s County that I am dedicated to finding the best new leader for our public school system,” Baker said. “I believe our new structure will attract and retain a very talented CEO. My administration will work with the Board of Education and all stakeholders including parents, students and employees throughout this process. I expect the Board of Education and the current school system leadership to enact the new structure of HB 1107 [the new law] on June 1, 2013, successfully conclude the 2012-2013 school year, and work hard over the summer to be prepared for a productive 2013-2014 school year,” said Baker. Earlier in April, Baker and the Prince George’s County Council began accepting applications from residents interested in serving as appointed members of the board of education. Under the new structure, the county executive’s three appointees must demonstrate knowledge and/or experience in education, business/finance, higher education and or management. The county council’s appointee must be the parent of a student currently enrolled in the county public schools system. Appointees, who must be county residents, will serve four-year terms. Applications are available on the county website, in public libraries and the County Administration Building. Applications should be emailed to or mailed/ delivered to the Office of the County Executive, County Administration Building 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772-3050.  All applications must be mailed, hand delivered or emailed to the county executive by May 10. wi

Fed Up With Schools, Chicago Kids Boycott State Tests By Jenee Desmond-Harris Special to the Informer from New America Media A group of Chicago students protesting the city’s planned school closings and what they see as overreliance on standardized testing boycotted last week’s Prairie State Achievement Exam and demonstrated outside a school board meeting. “Today we are boycotting the second day of PSAE to show that standardized testing should not decide the future of our schools and students,” one girl said at the protest. Mark Naison, a Fordham University professor who tracks educational movements, compared the activism to the student lunch counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960. “In both instances, you had

a situation that many people thought was outrageous -- and yes, many people do think the level of testing in schools has become so intrusive and counterproductive that it is a national tragedy -- but people in elected office seemed unable to change, so young people decided to take history into their own hands,” he said. “I would not be surprised to see these walkouts and boycotts multiply next year.” They are also fed up with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the public school system’s leaders in their attempts to shutter 54 school programs and 61 school buildings, mostly in underprivileged and minority neighborhoods. Brian Sturgis, a senior at Chicago’s Paul Robeson High School and an organizer of the boycott, wrote in an Education

Week blog, “Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education are supposed to make the CPS system work for all of us. But instead they are putting too much pressure on standardized testing and threatening to close schools that don’t have high test scores. When schools are under so much pressure to raise test scores it leads to low-scoring students being neglected, not supported.” The protestors posted frequently on social media to keep people updated on their activities. Their Twitter feed shows a picture of students lined up, arms interlocked, in front of schools. One student held a sign that read, “The best way to learn is by taking a test -- No child ever said.” The students’ activities haven’t sat well with administrators.

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Eradicating Childhood Lead Poisoning in the District By Keith A. Anderson, Acting Director, District Department of the Environment (DDOE)


very year, hundreds of children living in the District of Columbia are exposed to the toxic metal lead, mostly due to deteriorating lead paint in their homes and the microscopic lead dust it creates. The price of lead poisoning is high. Ingesting even tiny particles of lead dust can cause permanent damage to the developing brain of a child, leading to a lifetime of lessened potential. The good news is that between the District government’s efforts and District residents’ increased vigilance, we are riding a wave of strong momentum – and the number of children poisoned annually by lead in the District is now shrinking at a remarkable rate, one that outpaces the national decline. That trend holds true in Wards 7 and 8. Much of the progress we’ve made is due to an innovative lead law that empowers tenants to request testing from their landlords and that treats deteriorating paint in older homes as a presumed lead hazard and a code violation, unless the property owner can show through a scientific test that the paint is not lead paint. We believe more homes are now being made lead-safe than in any stretch in recent history. But there is also important new information to share and more work to be done if we are to capitalize on our momentum and ensure that not a single child in our city suffers from lead exposure. About a year ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged a critical fact about lead poisoning – that research has shown that no level of lead is safe for children. CDC stopped using the old “level of concern” of 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (µg/dL) and instead chose to focus attention on child whose lead level falls outside a normal range. This means that virtually any detectable level of lead in a child’s blood should trigger immediate protective actions to reduce the child’s lead exposure. The District is one of the first jurisdictions in the country reaching out to help every single family with a child whose test result is equal to or greater than 5 µg/dL. There is much that remains to be done and we strongly encourage residents to be sure young children are tested for lead exposure. “Every Child: Twice by Two” is our approach to testing for lead exposure so we can immediately address any existing sources of lead exposure before more harm is done. We must also make sure that renovation work on our older homes is done safely, without spreading lead and that the paint in homes, daycares and preschools is maintained in good condition. For more information or with questions, visit or call DDOE at (202) 654-6036. Together, we can help the District become the first major city in the United States to eradicate childhood lead poisoning. We’re so close! And our children and the residents of the nation’s capital deserve no less.

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CBC Fights Cost of Prison Calls D.C. Resident Began Battle More than a Decade Ago By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Communicating with loved ones while incarcerated isn’t easy for most prisoners jailed in the United States. For many, even telephone calls are off limits because of the exorbitant cost. “That’s what I had to face for so long,” said Ulandis Forte, a Northeast Washington, D.C., resident and former inmate who spent 18 years in various prisons throughout the country until his release in 2012. Forte said what helped to keep him strong, focused and sane during his near two-decade incarceration were the phone calls he was able to make to his grandmother, Martha Wright. “The calls were everything. It was what I looked forward to all of the time,” he said. “My grandmother is a special woman, she was my support system and she gave me love,” Forte said. Wright, 87, often couldn’t afford to accept the collect calls from prisons scattered throughout the U.S. Sometimes, she’d just pick up the phone to hear his voice before declining the charges. Forte and Wright not only thought of themselves, but others as well. “There were inmates who never were able to call because they had no money and what I’d do is tell my grandmother to contact their family members to deliver messages,” said Forte, 39.

That too proved a difficult task for Wright because she’s legally blind, so she would have to memorize telephone numbers and messages for strangers. “It is unfair that people can’t talk to their loved ones,” Forte said. Wright filed a class action lawsuit in 2000 against private prison telephone companies regarding their services and charges. The U.S District Court for the District of Columbia in Northwest Washington, D.C., dismissed her lawsuit and directed her to petition the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Three years later, she filed a petition with the FCC over the high telephone rates for inmates to call loved ones. She filed a second petition with the FCC in 2007. Now, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has joined Wright in her battle. During a news conference in the Capitol Visitors Center on April 24, CBC officials asked the FCC to move quickly to slash the excessive costs. CBC Chair Marcia Fudge, (D-Ohio), and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), said the rates are about $4 per phone call, with up to an additional 55 cents per minute for long distance calls. Most calls from jail are long distance, both congresswomen noted. Holmes Norton said the high phone rates disproportionately

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Ulandis Forte and his grandmother, Martha Wright. /Courtesy Photo

TELEPHONES continued from Page 14 affect African Americans and Hispanics who make up more than 60 percent of the prison population nationwide. “The astronomical fees are predatory and are being perpetuated by the phone companies and prisons, creating a mini-monopoly,” said Holmes Norton, 75. The profits from the calls are sometimes shared with sheriffs’ who say they use the money for security needs, Holmes Norton added. The charges are outrageous and create monthly phone bills that sometimes exceed $300, said Rep. Hank Johnson, (D-Ga.). “It’s criminal. For more than 10 years, families of inmates have been fighting the high call rates, which often shut down communication with loved ones and increase the likelihood of recidivism,” said Johnson, 58. The FCC is also reviewing the practice of prisons awarding companies exclusive contracts and insisting that inmates make collect calls. Not only are those who accept the collect calls being charged but the inmates who have access to telephone privileges also take a monetary hit. “Frequently, these kinds of fees force many families to make difficult decisions on whether to forgo contact with their family or loved ones because the cost becomes prohibitive,” said Fudge, 60. The costs of outgoing calls are charged to inmates, FCC officials said. Usually, a call comes with two charges that vary widely, according to agency officials. Typically, the per call charge can range from 50 cents to $3.95, with any additional per minute

charges ranging from 5 cents to 89 cents, FCC officials said. Holmes Norton wants the FCC to regulate intrastate calls, but FCC officials said the agency only regulates interstate calling. “If you cut off communications, most of that would have to be family communication between an inmate and family support,” Holmes Norton said. “He’s going to come out of jail with nothing and with no hope,” she said. Wright said she doesn’t want anyone else to experience the hardship she’s endured while her grandson was in prison. “I wish the people would be able to fix it so that Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, the boys and girls would be able to have a call, a free call, because a lot of them don’t have money to call their parents,” said Wright, who also lives in Northeast Washington, D.C. Forte said Wright couldn’t immediately reach him to inform him that his mother had died, while he served his time. “There is no woman as strong as my grandmother,” Forte said. “She’s going to keep this fight up for everyone else because she knew I needed that support and she knows there are so many people in prison who need that family support but can’t get it simply because they can’t afford a telephone call,” he said. Forte, who now works in construction in the District, said the telephone calls were “everything” to him and he looked forward to speaking with his grandmother. “She was my support system. You can’t rely on stuff in prison to help you cope, you have to rely on family and my grandmother was there for me every step of the way.”wi The Washington Informer

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Who’s the Greatest?


he sequester is but a bump on the road to America’s real ruin. For those who don’t know, the U.S. is no longer “the greatest nation.” Nor does it even make the list of the 10 most prosperous countries in the world. Whether Black or White, middle to upper class, urban, rural or suburban, most Americans operate under the assumption that the U.S. still ranks as No. 1 in the world.  Yes, the U.S. remains the world’s largest economy, and we have the largest military by far, the most dynamic technology companies and a highly entrepreneurial climate.  However, Blacks who still preen at the thought of Obama being the “commander in chief ”

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are going to have a “rude awakening” when it’s all over. A sobering 2012 index analyzed 142 countries in eight categories: economy, education, entrepreneurship & opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, safety & security and social capital. The index shows that the U.S. is no longer “the top dog” rather, 12th in prosperity; 3rd in oil production; 7th in literacy; 27th in math; 22nd in science; 49th in life expectancy; 178th in infant mortality; 3rd in median household income; 4th in exports and 39th in income inequality. The first step in solving any problem is to recognize there is one. As we move toward the future, it’s important that we note that the decisions that created today’s growth – decisions about education, infrastructure and the like – were made decades ago. What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and ’60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was once the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. The economic bottom is falling out while the Black middle class waddles down “discount aisles at Walmart.” We are the group at the highest risk of economic downturns, but over the past 50 years, Blacks have bought into a mindset of dependency. Ninety-three percent of Black Americans recently voted for a continuation of that dependency on government for handouts from food stamps to welfare.  Democratic leadership has caused Blacks to collectively

accept the fact that America has become a debtor nation. Suck it up. Let’s acknowledge that the big government agenda the Democrats have pursued over past years has stunted economic growth and led to staggering levels of wealth decline among Blacks. Cartoon character Pogo provides great insight: “We’ve met the enemy and they is us.” Our plight today is based on our past practices to “go along to get along.” Much of America’s forward growth depends on the results of the 2014 congressional elections and 2016 presidential campaign. What kind of decisions will the masses of Blacks make about being open to the messages of Republicans? In his book, America the Beautiful, fiscally and socially conservative figure, Dr. Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr., an African-American neurosurgeon and director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, pushed himself into the forefront of the public’s attention. In his book, Carson provides new perspectives on our educational system, capitalism versus socialism and our moral fabric, to which people should be attentive. America the Beautiful is an incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America’s past and must shape her future, the book calls upon us all to use our God-given talents to lead and improve our lives, communities, nation, and our world. America can be great again. Good leadership is what we need. All that’s required is leadership that will fight for moral values, stand up for what is right, and strike down the wrong laws for the right reasons. Maybe it’s “mainstream” Blacks have adopted that cause them to accept leadership that has followed the same path of profligate spending and reckless disregard of the long-term economic drain for short-term economic gains.  We have opted for mediocrity and self-indulgence and we have reaped the harvest that we have sown. We become great again by becoming an informed and educated electorate, making the right decisions to go forward. wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the


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The small-dollar loans that generate long-lasting debt for consumers and cost them billions of dollars each year are drawing the active attention of legislators and regulators alike. On April 24, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a white paper on payday loans made by storefronts and by banks. Despite years of bank efforts to portray themselves as anything but payday lenders, the CFPB strips them of that cover. According to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, “What we found is there is not much difference from the consumer’s perspective, between payday loans and deposit advance loans. They have similar purposes and, as it turns out, similar usage by consumers.” At the same time, three members of Congress – Congressional Black Caucus Members Elijah Cummings D-(MD) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) were joined by Oregon’s Rep. Suzanne Bonamici in urging federal regulators to take actions on bank payday loans. “We urge you to take meaningful joint regulatory action to ensure that no bank, regardless of its prudential regulator, traps borrowers in high-cost payday loans,” the members said in a statement. “Our constituents, and consumers everywhere, deserve better from our nation’s financial institutions.” The following day, two regulators, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced new regulatory actions to address potential consumer risks associated with the products as well as the safety and soundness of operations. The two regulators’ actions are very similar, focusing on a borrower’s ability to repay while meeting ongoing expenses, safe and sound underwriting, and limiting the numbers of loans. According to Thomas J. Curry, OCC Comptroller, “We have significant concerns regarding the misuse of deposit advance products.” OCC supervises all national banks

By Charlene Crowell and federal savings associations with combined assets of $10.1 trillion, representing 71 percent of total U.S. commercial banking assets, according to its most recent annual report. Similarly, FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg said, “The proposed supervisory guidance released today reflects the serious risks that certain deposit advance products may pose to financial institutions and their customers.” FDIC insures deposits in more than 7,000 banks and savings associations. According to CFPB’s findings these actions could benefit about 12 million households that borrow payday loans each year, a potential reduction in the $7 billion in annual fees that are generated by more than 18,200 payday storefronts across the country. CFPB’s report examined 15 million payday loans made during a 12-month period, covering more than 90 percent of the market. Both storefront and bank versions exposed consumers to the risk of being caught in a revolving door of debt. What was sold as a short-term bridge became an expensive, long-term loan. Risky loan structure, loose lending standards, sustained usage and accompanying high costs were cited as characteristics of both products. According to the report, 75 percent of storefront payday lending revenue is derived from borrowers taking out 10 or more loans a year. For 68 percent of these borrowers, their annual income is $30,000 or less. Among the findings: Nearly onein-four borrowers received government assistance or benefits such as Social Security, disability, unemployment or welfare benefits; The av-

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erage borrower took 11 loans in the 12-month period, paying $574 in fees for $392 in credit; and Despite lender attempts to reject the use of an annual percentage rate (APR), a two-week loan with a $15 fee per $100 borrowed is actually a 391 percent APR. On banks’ deposit advance loans, CFPB also found that: Borrowers usually had much lower average balances than other bank customers, suggesting a smaller financial cushion to cover unexpected shortfalls; Nearly two-thirds of consumers also incurred additional fees such as overdraft or non-sufficient funds; The annual percentage rate (APR) of interest was 304 percent; and Most borrowers remained in debt for at least 149 days. Commenting on these findings, Director Cordray said, “We want to make sure that consumers can get the credit they need without jeopardizing or undermining their finances. Debt traps should not be part of their financial futures.” Earlier this month and in an effort to heighten Capitol Hill awareness of payday lending’s debt trap, Congressman Conyers convened a briefing that included representatives from the NAACP, Native Community Finance, Consumer Federation of America, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Center for Responsible Lending. Also this month, CRL and National People’s Action delivered to regulators more than 150,000 petitions urging the officials to crack down on high-cost payday lending. Also part of the petition drive were CREDO and Green America and Americans for Financial Reform. For more than a decade, payday lending has been a centerpiece of the Center for Responsible Lending’s policy efforts. The new CFPB findings strengthen earlier independent research by CRL. Commenting on CFPB’s findings, Uriah King, CRL’s vice-president of state policy, said, “This white paper affirms our long-standing critique of payday lending. The debt trap of payday loans is now official.” wi

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The Black Eagle Flies Solely on Satellite By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Since the end of March, listeners in the Washington, D.C., area who tuned into Radio One’s WOL-AM 1450 dial no longer hear talk show host Joe Madison on his daily radio show Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The show can only be heard on the Urban View on the Sirius/XM Satellite Radio channel 128, a pay-for-service commercial-free radio, similar to cable television. This didn’t sit well for Ward 4 resident and avid listener, Leo Alexander. “I understand the switch from a business standpoint, and I’m happy for team Madison, but his voice will be missed on the local scene for those who are on a fixed budget and cannot afford the luxury of satellite radio,” said Alexander, 49. “Madison’s shoes will be hard to fill because his in-your-face style of commentary challenges the audience to think critically, and as a whole that’s something the black community isn’t conditioned to do.” Known as “The Black Eagle,” Madison, a 60-something-year-old Northwest resident and activist, spent more than 20 years asking every person who called into his radio show, “What are you going to do about it?” Whether the issue dealt with immigration policy, taxation, sequestration or gay marriage, Madison encouraged listeners to find ways to contribute and make a difference. “In America, we’re culturally conditioned to believe that black is inferior and white is superior; and the manifestation of this is that black people are undervalued, underestimated and marginalized,” Madison said each day on the show. He urged listeners to fight against this marginalization by becoming involved in their communities. Madison’s other motto, “Information is power” urged listeners to read more and stay up-to-date on local, national and international news. He always used African-American experts to shed light on topical issues during his show; and he was recently named in the trade publication, Talkers magazine’s top 10 most important radio talk show hosts in America. Now that Madison is no longer on WOL, in the last month, listeners have complained about the void in black talk radio. Posters on his Facebook page continue to air

their grievances. Ben Longwood, an engineer from the District of Columbia, wrote: “My morning drive is just not the same. Is there any way we can get Joe Madison back on 1450 AM? I can’t switch to the buffoonery [on] the other black stations.” Others theorized that “silencing” Madison on free radio was a plot to ensure that the flow of information would cease, in the hope that it will affect the outcome of the general elections in 2016. However, his show has been simulcast from XM Satellite to WOL for several years, Madison said. “I had given one year’s notice to WOL that this [would] no longer be the case,” said Madison in early April. “I just thought it was best for me and the show to move on and to focus solely on SiriusXM. They wanted me to be a major part of the station, and gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse.” For listeners who’ve complained about the cost of satellite radio, he empathized. “I tell my listeners all the time that paying for SiriusXM each month is less than two cups of Starbucks coffee,” Madison said. On the SiriusXM website, prices range from $14.49 per month for Internet radio to an $18.99 per month all-access package. Virginia resident, Arlene Whittick, has had XM radio for about three years. “I definitely enjoy listening to the Black Eagle,” said Whittick, a public relations specialist. “He’ll now have a much larger listenership. I also believe his spot on PoliticsNation has also brought his no- nonsense, thought-provoking commentary to another audience who may not have followed him before.” On occasion, Madison appears on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, whose “Keeping it Real,” talk show now fills Madison’s former slot on WOL. As of press time on Monday evening, Radio One hadn’t returned calls for comment on whether it’s open to Madison’s return. However, Madison, who has been in radio since the 1980s, said he’s open to working with WOL again. “Things could change with WOL, if it comes with an offer,” he added. wi

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Side Effects – The Humanitarian Consequences of Iran Sanctions By Maziar Shirazi Special to the Informer from New America Media It’s not every day that an American physician gets asked to function as an international pharmaceutical supplier, but for some, it’s becoming a regular occurrence. A doctor I know told of a patient getting ready for a trip to Istanbul, where he would connect with Iranian friends. The patient asked for a prescription for a diabetes medication, “The most you can write for,” he said. The doctor was puzzled: his patient did not carry a diabetes diagnosis. “It’s for my mother,” came the response. “It’s getting very difficult to find

this medicine in Iran, and she’s going to run out soon.” Healthcare professionals report acquaintances, family of family, and others recently approaching and asking for all sorts of medical supplies, ranging from anti-maceration medications for the bedridden, to insulin pumps. Reading the news in the comfort of my home, I’ve come across more troubling stories -- patients dying from shortages of needed medication, or waiting years for organ transplants only to find themselves without the medication needed to prevent rejection of the donor organ. Why are the people of Iran in the midst of a medicine shortage? In 2010, then-Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton stated that the United States had begun discussions with allies regarding methods of “pressure and sanctions” to counter Iran’s nuclear program, emphasizing that the goal was to stop the Islamic regime without harming innocent civilians. Specifically, she said the U.S. government’s aim was “to pressure the Iranian government … without contributing to the suffering of ordinary [Iranians].” More recently, David Cohen, Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Treasury Department, made similar comments, saying that “we have no quarrel with the people of Iran” and that “the ultimate objective is to try and slow down

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the development of Iran’s nuclear program … not to make food and medicine scarce.” In clinical medicine, design and implementation of interventions, ostensibly in the service of improving care, is a common undertaking; when we see that an intervention is not achieving its stated goals, or in fact harming patients, substantial corrective action is indicated, even if it means abandonment of the intervention altogether. In this vein, how do the intended effects of sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S. government and others compare with the actual effects? Several prominent health professionals within Iran have called attention to the plight of vulnerable patients as a result of the sanctions. Ahmad Ghavidel, head of the Iranian Hemophilia Society, a nongovernmental organization that assists some 8000 patients, characterized the situation as “a blatant hostage-taking of the most vulnerable people.” Fatemeh Hashemi, of the Charity Foundation for Special Diseases, has publicly voiced concerns about impaired access to life-saving treatments for patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer, end-stage renal disease and other illnesses, as a result of the sanctions. Many diseases such as hemophilia require advanced medicines that are simply not available in Iran for a variety of reasons including patent laws and access to specialized raw materials and technology for manufacture — such medications and materials have to be imported, mainly from Western nations. While the U.S. government states that there are exemptions for food, medicine and remittances, the timely receipt of the right quantity of medicines is not as simple as submitting a request to the Treasury Department. A Wil-

son Center report found that it is the sanctions affecting the majority of large Iranian banks (and the international and US-based banking institutions that would do business with them) that have most affected the availability of medicines for purchase and use. “Iran’s own mismanagement of the situation has aggravated the problem, but it is not the root cause of it,” the authors stressed. “While the list of issues leading to the supply crunch is long and complicated, at the heart of it all are the obstacles that sanctions have created in denying Iran the necessary banking operations and limiting its access to hard currency.” Simply put, “the pronounced role of sanctions in creating shortages of life-saving medical supplies and drugs in Iran may have been unintentional, but it is also irrefutable.” The report goes on to say that the main beneficiaries of the sanctions have been Iranian government-owned businesses, which often get preferential access to currency, as well as smugglers and black market dealers who are buying up medicines and selling them (or knockoffs of them) to civilians with high markups. Others are now beginning speaking out. Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, who has been vilified by the Iranian government for his investigations, feels that sanctions could “absolutely” worsen the human rights situation in Iran. In a situation where shortages of medical supplies are created, he said, “the most vulnerable people suffer immediately, and over the long term there is wider suffering caused.”wi Maziar Shirazi is an Iranian-American family physician completing his residency training in Philadelphia. When he is not working, he freelances and plays capoeira.

Education Briefs By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer

District of Columbia Public Schools Athletic Conference Restructured

The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will revamp its Athletic Conference to create more competitive and exciting championships. The changes, which will take place during the next school year, will also create long-awaited parity within the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association. “We’ve heard from the community, from athletes and from families about the need for a restart in athletics,” said Stephanie Evans, DCPS director of athletics. “With the consolidation of Spingarn High School, and the longtime East/ West divisions creating numerous challenges in scheduling, now is the right time for a fresh beginning.”

The biggest change will be in football with the creation of two new subdivisions. With names created from the Washington, D.C. flag, the Stars Division will include Anacostia, Ballou, Coolidge, Dunbar, H.D. Woodson, and Wilson high schools. The Stripes Division will include Bell, Cardozo, Eastern, Phelps, McKinley Tech and Roosevelt high schools. Under the new format, both divisions will compete for a championship.

Students to Make Up for Missed Days

In order to fulfill the mandated 180 instructional days in the school year, the DCPS system needs to restore two instructional days lost due to inclement weather. As a result, DCPS will extend the originally scheduled half-day on Thursday, June 20 into a full-day and add a half day on Friday, June 21, making it the new last day of the current school year. DCPS will also con-

education vert the scheduled Parent-Teacher Conference Day on June 3 into a regular school day. “Our obligation is for our students to have at least 180 days of instruction. We take an abundance of caution before we cancel the school day, but this year because of the weather, we had to cancel three days,” said Chancellor Kaya Henderson. “To meet that obligation, we are extending a previously scheduled half day, extending the school year by a half day and converting a Parent-Teacher Conference day into an instructional day.” The school cancellations occurred on October 29 and 30 related to Hurricane Sandy and an additional day on March 6 due to snow.

Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year

Cristina Ulrich, a kindergarten teacher at Brookhaven Elemen-

tary School, has been named the 2013-2014 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Teacher of the Year. Ulrich, along with other MCPS staff and community members, was honored April 25 at the 11th annual Champions for Children celebration, sponsored by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education. Ulrich, who was chosen from among three finalists, will now go on to compete for the honor of Maryland Teacher of the Year. “I love teaching just because it creates opportunity for kids [throughout their lives],” said Ulrich.

Prince George’s County Public Schools Scholastic Olympics

Students from Charles Herbert Flowers, Eleanor Roosevelt and High Point high schools took home first place honors in the categories of Math, Spelling, Speech and American History during the 3rd annual Scholastic Olympics. First place winners each received a $500 scholarship. Students from Bladensburg, Largo,

Oxon Hill and Parkdale high schools, placed second and third, and received $300 and $200 scholarships, respectively.

Last Day of School

The last day of school for Prince George’s County Public Schools students is Friday, June 7, and officials said that day will be a half day. The last day of school for teachers will be Monday, June 10.

Fairfax County Public Schools New Superintendent Announced

Karen Garza has been appointed superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) by the School Board effective July 1. Garza, a veteran educator, comes to FCPS from Lubbock, Texas, where she’s served as superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District since 2009. Under her leadership, the district experienced significant gains in student achievement, while reducing the achievement gap in science, math, and social studies. Garza was also able to implement a strategic plan that increased graduation rates. wi

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Do You Know? The Roots of Family Reunions “It’s a family affair. It’s a family affair.” – Sly and the Family Stone

This month ushers in the beginning of a season that focuses on family: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and finally, the annual Family Reunion. Let’s take a look at how our family traditions are linked to our African roots. Did You Know? In most African cultures, the family represents kinship, an extended group of relatives, economic strength and political power. The family is considered a clan that promotes values such as unity, love, support and respect. Some of the more familiar traditions include a fervent respect for elders, rites of passage, systems of inheritance based on lineage and marriage as a contractual agreement between families, not just the bride and groom. When we were taken from the shores of West and Central Africa and brought to the Caribbean and the Americas, we lost a great deal – we lost our identities. We lost our names, our languages, our religions and our families were torn apart. As enslaved people we experienced a continued assault on the black family by slave owners who separated our families and controlled our ability to marry and even to procreate. An ever resilient people, we reached back to our roots and created extended families. Those new families included aunties, uncles, cousins and those we referred to as aunties, uncles and cousins. Did You Know? The African-American family reunion was born after Emancipation. Once slavery ended, people sought out their displaced family members. They placed announcements; spread the word to request that family members gather and reconnect. These “reunions” proved to be extremely emotional. However, they were critical to the re-establishment of the black family. We feel the impact of this history on our families today. When we try to trace our family’s roots, there are no records of us as people until the 1870 census. Often, elders don’t want to share the painful experiences of the past that serve as our only historical records. Family reunions allow us a space to strengthen identity, pass on family history, share traditions, honor personal and family accomplishments and to share family resources. Did You Know? Many family reunion rituals are directly linked to our ancestral traditions. The family reunion T-shirt is a way to express a shared family identity that we had when we all lived in the same compound. Honoring the matriarch and patriarch of the family fosters intergenerational communication that we experienced when elders were part of the household. The family tree display connects the present to the past and records the family history. And, the family scholarship can be seen as a form of inheritance paid in advance. How does your family celebrate? What rituals and traditions does your family reunion include? We’d love to hear your stories. Please share them with us at or on

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Black male students at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast are making significant gains in closing the achievement gap. /Photo courtesy of Thurgood Marshall Academy

Thurgood Marshall Academy Gains National Prominence By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer When it comes to raising the bar and educating minorities in the District of Columbia, Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast has stepped up to the plate. And, in the process has gained national prominence closing the achievement gap among black male students. The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) announced during its annual meeting that took place April 26 in Chicago that the public charter high school is one of its five award schools for 2013. “We have a large achievement gap in this country, and D.C. is synonymous with under-achievement,” said Adrian Austin, Thurgood Marshall grants writer. “So this award is very special for us.” Austin, 30, added that while many District residents are already aware of the effective programs at the school, the award serves as an opportunity to showcase to the rest of the country, the staff ’s success educating young black males. “We had panels of students, parents, teachers and administrators who were interviewed for the award during on-site visits [from COSEBOC] and no one was coached beforehand on how to respond,” said Austin. “We just encouraged everyone involved to tell the truth, and that was one of the main things that helped us to win.” COSEBOC is a national network of schools, highly-respected educators, researchers, policy-makers and advocates who share and promote innovative approaches and initiatives aimed at improving the educational outcomes at schools with significant populations of African-American males. Thurgood Marshall, which is located in Ward 8, is the only school

in the District, and one of only two high schools in the country to receive the prestigious award. The school is also the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the New York City-based Black Male Achievement campaign. In addition to Marshall, this year’s award schools included Best Academy in Minneapolis, Minn.; Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C.; and Merrillville High School and Salk Elementary, both in Merrillville, Ind. All of them were honored last week at COSEBOC’s 7th annual “Gathering of Leaders,” where teachers and students shared their formulas for success. The schools were selected based on their success engaging and educating students through test scores, graduation rates and college attendance. However, Marshall took its commitment a step further, having placed more emphasis on creative, effective, and sustainable in-school and outof-school programs for its male students. COSEBOC Executive Director Ron Walker said the awards are proof and evidence of educational environments that work “extremely well” for black male students. “Identifying schools that have developed effective, creative and sustainable approaches and sharing those successes with other educators is the cornerstone of the work we do at COSEBOC,” said Walker. “These five schools are unrepentant in their belief that students can succeed and soar to great achievement levels,” Walker said. “Each is led by a principal who is determined to build great schools. Most importantly, they know that great schools are not an accident.”wi

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Jason Collins’ Coming Out For years, there have been rumors that a male athlete from one of this country’s major professional team sports might reveal that he was gay. But such was the stigma and the likely opprobrium from others in these testosterone-driven arenas, that it was thought an active player would never reveal that he was gay. Washington Wizards center Jason Collins has changed all of that. Collins’ recent announcement that he’s gay has taken the sporting world, and the world in general, by storm. President Barack Obama, NBA Commissioner David Stern, tennis great Martina Navratilova, athletes and a host of luminaries have come out in support of Collins. While we applaud Collins’ courage in coming out, it’s telling that this story carries this much weight and is attracting such public attention in 2013. Collins’ announcement has ignited a firestorm of debate and ESPN NBA Analyst Chris Broussard’s comments make clear that everyone is not comfortable with, or accepting of, Collins’ action. Broussard was unsparing in his criticism of Collins’ lifestyle on Monday, April 29 and said that Collins was living in sin, adding that if a person is “openly living in unrepentant sin ... that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.” Broussard also voiced some irritation with the reality that those who disapprove of homosexuality are labeled as bigoted and intolerant. After wading feet first into this facet of a divisive and often ugly culture war, Broussard clarified his comments the following day. He has been decried by gay rights advocates and lifted up by those who support his position. Broussard’s statements are a reflection of the deep divisions that exist in the black community. Those in the church are conflicted about Biblical teachings, their deeply held religious beliefs and where this all fits in the shifting landscape of social mores. They are as much concerned about adhering to their religious principles as they are about acting in a humane way without crossing the boundaries of what they consider acceptable. African Americans more than anyone in this country know what it’s like to be marginalized, victimized and ostracized for characteristics – color – beyond their control. So there is genuine sympathy for any person who happens to be gay and who suffers for that. But as Broussard illustrates, the divisions run deep and the rancorous debate over this sensitive issue will neither be abated nor simply disappear. In an ideal world, Collins’ sexual orientation would be of no business to anyone but himself and the person he loves. But we live in a time and place where significant numbers of men, women and young people are persecuted for their gender, color and sexual orientation. No one should have to live under the fear of attacks or reprisals based on their preferences. And no gay man or woman should be denied visitation rights of loved ones; not be allowed to share health care and other benefits; prevented from access to housing; or assaulted because of their sexuality.

Art Feeds the Soul!

The Washington Informer Newspaper is truly a treasurer in our community, but when the paper publishes articles such as “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor,” by Michelle Phipps-Evans, April 25, 2013 edition, your paper lifts us to ever greater heights. I’ve seen the exhibit and it’s marvelous. Everyone should see it, especially our young people. Under the leadership of Dr. Johnnetta Cole, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art continues to bring us exciting, educational and cutting-edge exhibits from the continent of Africa. Somewhere, someone once said, “Art is nothing unless it’s viewed.” Continue to cover the arts because we need it – art makes a difference in our lives and certainly matters to us. Malik M. Powell Washington, D.C.

A Different Opinion

Your April 25, 2013 edition is full of very informative articles. But, I would have preferred to see as the front-page story either one of Gale Horton Gay’s stories from the Prince George’s County section, “Men Making a Difference in Prince George’s County,” or “Hyattsville School Choir Headed to South Africa.” To me those stories are much more important to the community than the D.C. Council election results. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand your position as a city paper and your obligation to report the news. Unfortunately, I don’t see the city council as being relevant anymore. The other two stories are positive and uplifting. Those articles provide a fine example of what hard work and a commitment to others can accomplish.

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Collins kept his secret hidden from his teammates, his girlfriend of eight years, friends, associates and even his twin brother. And as he maintained a double life, one can only imagine the myriad pressures, angst and stresses that he experienced. At least now, Collins is free of the constraints of deception, duplicity and half-truths. He can rest easier knowing that a life living in the shadows is finally behind him. Every one of us deserves that.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Learning to Teach Students How to Learn African American students achieve at a different level than White students. Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African American suspensions and expulsions from K-12 schools is higher than that of other groups. By almost any metric there are gaps between African American

students and White or Asian students (Latinos achieve at about the same rate as African Americans). Why does this happen? The late sociologist John Ogbu hypothesized that the gap was the result of young African Americans thinking that learning was “acting White.” His theory was batted around as if it were fact, even after Duke economist William Darity refuted the Ogbu theory. Why? Because it fits somebody’s stereotype to describe African American young-

sters as culturally alienated from the mainstream, so much that they eschew the very institution that could be a bridge for them into the middle class. Give the history of African Americans and education; it is hard to swallow these stereotypes. Some states had laws on the books to prevent African Americans from learning to read and write in the pre-Civil War period. Both White and Black people risked flogging, fines and other penalties for “teaching a slave to read.” Millions of Afri-

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can Americans sacrificed for the right to be literate, and ensured that their children would also have opportunities by baking cakes, frying chicken, and raising a few dollars to get to college by whatever means necessary. At the beginning of the 20th century, the only colleges open to African Americans were historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and we went despite the obstacles. Our presence rejected the notion that learning was “acting White.” In fact, we were acting learned and literate.

Still, it is in the interest of some to continue that stereotype. You’ve heard the adage that if you don’t want an African American to know something, just hide it in a book. That kind of ignorance is the very reason that African American people were able, during the Civil War, to spy on Confederates who thought they were only illiterate enslaved people. That is why Mary Ellen Pleasant was able to eavesdrop on conversations

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By George E. Curry

Remembering How Black South Africans Won their Freedom JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A trip to South Africa provides painful reminders of the protracted struggle to establish democracy, how the United States propped up the White minority-rule government and the courage Black South Africans demonstrated to win their freedom. A key aspect of the struggle is vividly captured in the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum

in the heart of Soweto, not far from the homes of Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu. The name of the museum itself is steeped in unforgettable history. The most compelling image of the Soweto student protest of 1976 is a photo taken by Sam Nzima. In the foreground of a crowd of Black student protesters is a tearful Mbuyisa Makhuba, a high school student, running with the small, limp body of 13-yearold Hector Pieterson and his

screaming sister, Antoinette, running beside them. The teenager’s story is told inside the museum under the heading, “An individual life can change society.” It begins: “Hector Pieterson lost his life under police fire on June 16, 1976 during a student march protesting Afrikaans as the language of instruction in African schools. He was thirteen years old. News of his death and the violence that subsequently erupted in most African townships in South

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Africa spread rapidly across the world. In his death Hector Pieterson became a symbol of the plight of the black South African youth under the yoke of Apartheid.” It continued, “His public funeral commemorated, as does this museum, all those who died as a result of the tragic events of June 16, 1976 – a turning point in the struggle towards a true South African democracy.”

of many martyrs of the fight against apartheid, a rigid system of racial segregation designed to keep the White minority in control of the country’s political, economic and social system. In fact, Pieterson’s last protest march was prompted by the ruling National Party’s decision to force Black schools to use Afrikaans – which Bishop Desmond Tutu called “the language of oppression” – and English in equal

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By James Clingman

The Mythical Black Economy Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.” Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.” Yet another is “a system of interacting elements, especially when seen as being harmonious.” And still another definition for economy has to do with “the production and consumption of goods and ser-

vices of a community regarded as a whole.” As I look at those descriptions of an economy, only the last one partially applies to Black Americans collectively, and that’s the “consumption” part. Every five years, the U.S. Census does a survey to determine how many businesses there are in this country, who owns them, how many persons they employ, and what their annual revenues are. The figures for 2007, while lauded for the increase in the number of Black-owned

businesses, revealed decreasing revenues for Black businesses, relatively few employees, a vast majority of them in the service industry. The 2007 census revealed total receipts for Black owned businesses to be less than $136 billion that, when juxtaposed against an aggregate “Black buying power” during that period of approximately $850 billion, illuminated a lack of business growth and a glut of consumer spending. The average gross receipts for Black firms as a whole

fell 3 percent, from $74,000 per firm in 2002 to $72,000 per firm in 2007. Furthermore, a whopping 87 percent of Black businesses had annual receipts of less than $50,000 in that time period. Other statistics disclosed a low savings rate among African Americans and a grossly disparate median income and net worth when compared to other ethnic groups. The University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth estimates that the nation’s “Black buying power” is

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rising from $1.038 trillion in 2012 to a projected $1.307 trillion in 2017. The 2012 U.S. Census data will likely reveal a bump in business receipts, but the total will probably be less than $175 billion. Median income, net worth, and savings disparities will likely stay the same and the mythical Black economy will trudge along like a brand new, 12-cylinder, state-of-the-art, topof-the-line automobile running on only six of those 12 cylinders.

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By Lee A. Daniels

The Economy’s Invisible People Suppose one of the key committees in Congress scheduled a hearing on one of the country’s most debilitating economic problems – the long-term unemployment that’s ensnared millions – and none of the committee members showed up? That’s almost what happened last week when the Joint Economic Committee’s April 24 hearing opened with just one of its members, Senator Amy Klobuchar, (D-Minn), the vice

chair, in attendance. At various times later, three of the committee’s eight other Democrats – Sen. Christopher Murphy, of Connecticut; Rep. John Delaney, of Maryland, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, also of Maryland – showed up. None of its nine Republican members did. Of course, it’s standard on Capitol Hill for committee members to miss congressional hearings. Their aides have briefed them on the issues and testimony of the witnesses beforehand; and their time that day may ap-

propriately be better spent meeting with constituents, lobbyists, donors, other politicos, or even another congressional committee that had scheduled a conflicting hearing. Nonetheless, the near-completely no-show hearing acquired a powerful symbolism once a National Journal reporter who was there tweeted a photo of the long, curving impressive-looking dais of mostly empty chairs. It made the visual points that a voluminous and growing file of research has been catalog-

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ing since the Great Recession peaked and the economy began to recover four years ago. First, the recovery has moved too slowly to pare the number of the long-term jobless – those out of work for six months or longer – from what continue to be unprecedented levels. That failure has produced a growing fear that many Americans in this predicament – now numbering 4.6 million people – may never find jobs again. In turn, that has raised the prospect that today’s long-term

unemployed are becoming a large, permanent out-of-work class whose joblessness will undermine the nation’s economic productivity and whose need for financial help will not only exert a tremendous drain on the government’s treasury and private-sector coffers alike but also contribute to Americans’ growing pessimism about their own and the country’s economic fairness and political leadership. And, finally, and most damag-

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By Harry C. Alford

We are not Looking for Islamic Enemies It baffles my mind. There are threats and actual terror hits happening all over the world and we are acting in a very laissez-faire manner. Two homemade bombs exploded right in the middle of the great Boston Marathon, causing mass destruction and the death of innocent Americans. What caused this was an inappropriate protocol by our highest ranking security agencies. It

reminded us of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. It didn’t have to be. An entire family from Chechnya comes over to our land and declares asylum. We immediately accept them and give them refugee status. Some of them go on welfare, get scholarships to some of our finest schools and start living the American Dream. Some would return to their homeland and others would spread out along the East Coast. Two in Boston turn bad. One gets a domestic abuse charge and the other is rumored to have

been in the pot business. Russia informs the FBI that the older brother is an Islamic radical. We do a cursory review and decide not to follow up. This brother is on welfare but somehow owns a Mercedes Benz. Then he takes a 6-month trip to Russia. He lands in Moscow and travels to terrorist areas before returning to Boston. The FBI doesn’t know that he left the country and then returned. Homeland Security noted that he left but didn’t detect his return. The tragedy in Boston happens and we all know it


could have been prevented. We don’t have a plan! It is so similar to the Benghazi Embassy murders. They kept pleading for more security and the State Department not only denied an increase, but started to decrease the security. Al Qaeda was all around and they eventually attacked our personnel. What’s worse is that the White House and State Department has attempted to cover it up. Delays, lies and deception were their response to this horror. I’m glad that Congress is stand-

ing its ground and will not stop until the truth is told. It is time to get an anti-terrorism plan. Please consider the following. Terrorism in Nigeria has hit a new high. Remember the Christmas Day terrorist from Nigeria? Now Nigeria has two serious Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups. Boko Haram is killing citizens in an ever increasing manner. No Christian is safe. The other group is called Ansaru, which specializes in kidnapping foreign-

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By Askia Muhammad

Wrongdoing is Holding Blacks Back For centuries Black scholars in this country have eloquently described the inimical relations their people have with other racial and ethnic groups. And they’ve all been basically correct. On the other hand, there are few, save the blind, deaf, and dumb, self-hating rascals in the group, who can see past the rage at The Man, in order to recognize that we are still “our own

worst enemy.” OOWE! The truth is: next to the lack of unity among Black folks, the No.1 problem affecting “the race,” is self-inflicted. That is, the tendency toward wrongdoing, and/or excusing wrongdoing among Black folks when Black folks observe it among themselves, is the Number One; the #1; the Numero Uno; the chief obstacle to permanently escaping the ditch into which other folks dumped them long ago. Too many Black people are addicted to wrongdoing. They

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may not be doing anything so bad as to warrant arrest and incarceration, but it’s more likely they’ve just never been caught. Most of the Black community’s crusaders against wicked wrongdoing, point their fingers at The Man instead of at the troublemakers within the Black community. We champion the grandmother who makes huge personal sacrifices for her incarcerated grandson because we know her conspicuous and unflinching love for her loved one on lockdown, is the best thing The Washington Informer

there is to prevent the troublemaker from going back to jail. We blame “The System” which is absolutely rotten, and so for that reason, we never get around to questioning the young perpetrator about his or her plans to live a better life … from now on. We have seen and heard that the system of incarceration in this country which locks up more than 2 million people – the most in the “free world” – is nothing more than the “New Jim Crow,” it’s a way young Black

folks are segregated again from everyone else. We lament the “school-toprison-pipeline” which studies test scores of inner-city children in the third grade, in order to predict the number of jail cells which will be needed 10 years later. I heard a mother of a newly convicted son lament the fact that she has to spend as much money each month to support the commissary and other needs of her jailed son, as she has to

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Modesto Lacén portrays the legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente and Keren Lugo plays his wife, Vera in “DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story” at GALA Theatre in Northwest. The play runs through May 26. / Photo courtesy of Lonnie Tague

By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer The tragic and untimely death of the great Roberto Clemente has never been anything to sing or dance about. But, for his family, friends and scores of baseball fans across the world, Clemente’s life and legacy are certainly worth celebrating. A musical that honors the baseball star, “DC-7, The Roberto Clemente Story,” runs through May 26 at the Gala Theatre in Northwest. For baseball enthusiasts, the play captures some of the best moments of Clemente’s career, including his epic performance in the 1971 World Series. “The response from everyone has been very positive, including his family, which means so much,” said the play’s writer and director Luis Caballero. The musical, which observers call, “a memory play,” opens with the plane crash that killed Clemente, a baseball icon, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and opened the doors for untold Latin American players to enter the sport.

Orlando Merced, who played the first seven of his 13 seasons for the Pirates, lived across the street from Clemente in Puerto Rico, and still considers him to be his hero. “Roberto Clemente created the dream for many of us Latinos to become pro ball players and to reach the major leagues,” Merced told AP last year. “He opened the eyes of the American teams to the talent that is in Latin American countries.” Shortly after the curtain rises, a Salsa band, led by musical director, Didier Prossaird, ascends above the stage and behind a back wall, where high-beam stadium lights hover over a baseball field. From there, the show transports audiences to a sugar cane field where, as a child, Clemente would help his “padre” or father work in the fields. At the beginning of the production, and essentially throughout the entire show, there’s lots of song and dance, staples in the Clemente household, Caballero said. Also, highlighted are the various obstacles faced by the right fielder with one of the stron-

gest throwing arms in baseball’s history. For example, Clemente could throw a strike from the right field wall to home plate without the ball ever touching the ground. “There are a lot of things that people didn’t realize about Roberto, including how close he [grew] to Martin Luther King Jr., and how his assassination really affected Roberto,” said Caballero, 49. A Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer, Clemente is widely considered the Latino version of Jackie Robinson, who broke the sport’s color line in 1946. Clemente not only had to overcome race and language barriers, but often felt the wrath of white reporters, who criticized his support of the Civil Rights movement and King, long before the 1963 March on Washington. “As a black Puerto Rican born and raised on the island and now living in the United States, Clemente still represents the pride and dignity of black Puerto Ri-

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Clemente Musical a Hit at Gala Theatre Baseball Star’s Life and Legacy Celebrated

Roberto Clemente. Considered one of the greatest players in history, Clemente delivered the decisive blow in the Pirates’ 1971 World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles, which proved to be one of his defining moments. /Courtesy Photo

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Modesto Lacén as Roberto Clemente in “DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story.” The baseball player shakes the hand of sports writer Howie Haack, portrayed by Fernando Contreras in the play. / Photo courtesy of Lonnie Tague

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cans,” said actor Modesto Lacén, who portrays the baseball legend in the play and bears a striking resemblance to the late baseball star. “I think he exemplifies our greatest virtues as a country and as humans. So, for me to portray him is to pay homage to the country because Clemente was very aware that he was always representing Puerto Rico, not only in baseball but also in what he did as a humanitarian,” said Lacén, 36, who also hails from Puerto Rico. Washington, D.C., resident Alexandra Linn Desauiniers, who portrays an avid baseball fan in the musical, said it’s an honor for her to have been included in the production. “We have some in the cast who are old enough to remember [when] Clemente [played] and then those, like myself, who are not, but it’s a stunning concept and the audience really responds,” said Desauiniers, 24. Clemente, who was once stationed in Washington, D.C., to complete his commitment in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954, eight years after the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Robinson. Clemente, considered one of the greatest players in history, delivered the decisive blow in the Pirates’ 1971 World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles, which proved to be one of his defining moments and forever sealed his legacy as baseball’s top clutch player. During a career that spanned 18 years, he compiled 3,000 hits, 240 home runs, The Washington Informer

1,305 RBIs, and a .317 batting average. His Pirates won two world championships and Clemente appeared in 15 All-Star games, snagged 12 gold gloves, four batting titles, a league Most Valuable Player honor and a World Series Most Valuable Player award. “Off the field, he built such a reputation as a humanitarian who had so much passion for helping [others],” said his oldest son, Roberto Clemente Jr., who currently lives in Puerto Rico but traveled to the States with family members and friends to attend the play’s premiere on April 18. Baseball would never be the same. On New Year’s Eve in 1972, Clemente boarded a plane to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The baseball star was upset that three previous deliveries that he had personally financed had been confiscated by corrupt government officials. This time, he decided to travel with the shipment of supplies to ensure that those who needed help would receive it. Shortly after take off from San Juan International Airport in Puerto Rico, the DC-7 aircraft that carried Clemente, then 38, plummeted into the waters off of Isla Verdes, killing the baseball star and four others aboard the plane. His son remembers their last conversation. “He said, ‘I’ll see you when I get back,’” said Clemente Jr., 48. “And, I said, ‘No, I’m never going to see you again.’ I was sure about what I was saying and I look back and wish I could have done something else [or talked my father out of going on the trip]. But, I was seven years old,

what else could I do?” Shortly after he died, the baseball Hall of Fame inducted Clemente, the first Latino so honored. He joined Lou Gehrig as the only member not required to wait five years after retirement or death to be inducted. Clemente’s death led some sports writers to call it, “The Day the Music Died,” for baseball fans. “Even if you didn’t have a chance to see Clemente play, it chokes you up,” said Yahoo! Baseball writer, David Brown. “It certainly makes you wonder what might have been, if he had lived. The first big star from Latin America, he is considered a Jackie Robinson-type figure to many,” said Brown, 52. The late slugger has been the recipient of many posthumous honors. Born Roberto Clemente Walker, statues of the star and parks named in his honor are located in numerous cities, including Newark, N.J., New York City, Puerto Rico and Pittsburgh. “For me, as a black man in Puerto Rico, it is very important that we don’t forget that Puerto Ricans come in every size, shape and color,” Lacén said. “I am just honored to be able to tell his story after all of these years. I’m very proud of that.” Single tickets for the show are $38 on Thursdays & Sundays; $42 Fridays & Saturdays. Student and military tickets are $20; and tickets for Senior Citizens (65+) are $26. Additional discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information about the musical, which runs 2 hours and 20 minutes, call 800-494-8497, or visit



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Much to Like in New ‘Peeples’ Movie By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer The peeps in the new film “Peeples” are extremely familiar faces. Funny man Craig Robinson of “The Office” and super-hot actress Kerry Washington of “Scandal” as well as veteran humorist David Alan Grier, formerly of “In Living Color,” and actress S. Epatha Merkerson also formerly of “Law & Order” are all part of the ensemble cast that brings the script to life and delivers plenty of laughs. While the storyline isn’t anything new (beau bumbles his way through an angst-ridden first meeting with upper-crust parents), writer and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism aptly displays her expertise with both the dialogue, set-up of scenes and timing of action and interaction among the cast. Chism, a Virginian, honed her scriptwriting talents working on such notable movies as“Drumline” and “ATL.” And while Tyler Perry’s name appears above the title, he’s one of five producers of the film. Make no mistake, the film’s creative elements and direction are all Chism’s. Robinson plays Wade Walker, a joyful children’s entertainer, happily living with Type-A United Nations’ attorney Grace Peeples, played by Washington. When Grace heads to Sag Harbor for a family gathering, Wade makes a last-minute decision to surprise her and meet the family for the first time – and to propose. Of course, Grace’s dad – a federal judge who insists Wade call him “Judge,” doesn’t think much of Wade who makes misstep after misstep such as giving mom a bottle of wine as a gift. The problem is Daphne Peeples (Merkerson) is a recovering alcoholic. The seemingly uptight judge is played skillfully by Grier, with distinguished salt and pepper hair and beard.

Wade soon discovers that practically everyone in this family is guarding a secret, which leads to some hilarious moments. One of the funniest is when Wade encounters not one but two of Grace’s former suitors in a grocery store in the Hamptons village.

Wade’s rant as he compares these mature former boyfriends to a long list of African-American historical figures is priceless. Merkerson, who played the tough lieutenant, Anita Van Buren

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An audience that previewed the soon-to-open movie “Peeples” in Silver Spring last week was treated to an end-of-the-film surprise – both the film’s leading man and director were there. Actor and comedian Craig Robinson and writer and director Tina Gordon Chism spent about 20 minutes fielding questions from the audience on April 25 at the AFI Silver Theatre on Colesville Road. Chism provided insight into how Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson became her lead actors. “Kerry I always had in mind,” said Chism, however, the studio “really believed in Craig.” Chism said she had her doubts at first especially since Robinson fell asleep during their first meeting. “I didn’t fall asleep,” challenged Robinson, 41. “I nodded off.” However, their second meeting was more favorable. “He was awesome, incredible” said the writer and director. And she said part of Washington’s and Robinson’s appeal is that they don’t come across as the typical movie couple. One man asked Robinson what it was like to kiss Washington. “Let’s just say I cherished every moment,” said Robinson after a long pause. “I kissed her a lot longer,” he said of one particular take. “It was a beautiful thing.” Asked how it was working with David Alan Grier, Robinson responded that Grier is the “finest man on the planet. He controls every room he goes into.” The pair was cheered by several audience members including nearly an entire row of individuals Chism indicated were family. “Is that my cousin,” asked Chism of someone who posed a question. And she made sure to let her Uncle Skippy know that one of the movie’s characters, who she described as a real ladies’ man, was named for him. As for whether there will be a sequel, Chism said she’s hoping for a great opening weekend. “I know the sequel and what it is in my head, but we have to open big.” The Washington Informer

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LIFESTYLE PEEPLES continued from Page 29 on “Law & Order,” is delightful as mom, a former singer who still can command an audience. And while Robinson and Washington, best known for her current role on “Scandal” as hard-driving Olivia Pope who’s having an affair with the president, may seem mismatched, it adds to the film’s charm. Washington, who also starred in the film “Django: Unchained,” embraces this movie’s comedic role with enthusiasm and she shines. It’s a pleasant surprise to see Robinson handle the leading man role with an appealing vulnerabili-

ty. He certainly makes the audience root for him. Robinson, a rising comedic actor who has progressed from stand-up to television to movies, also has another movie “The End is Near” coming out in June. Two other “Oh Wow” moments in the film come when the audience recognizes grandparents Nana and Grandpa Peeples are portrayed by silver screen icons Diahann Carroll and Melvin Van Peebles. Naturally it’s no surprise that all turns out well in the end. This is a feel-good movie, after all. “Peeples,” which runs 95 minutes and is rated PG-13, opens May 10.wi

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The song always pops up when you least expect it. There you are, minding your own business, you hear a few notes, and you’re pulled back to a wonderful-horrible time, starry dreams, laughter, bitterness, love lost. That old love song might be just a “precious melody,” but it almost brings you to your knees. Love is such a complicated thing: easy to fall into and easy to fall out. And in the new anthology “Where Did Our Love Go,” edited by Gil L. Robertson IV, you’ll see that you’re not alone in being alone. The statistics are quite sobering. Forty-two percent of black women ages 25-34 are unmarried. The number is similar for black men, higher for those over age 34. African Americans simply are not keeping pace, marriage-wise, with their white counterparts.

really want. But then – every once in awhile – something magic happens. You meet the right person; you do a dance of courtship, and you find yourself in front of a minister, priest, or judge. You nurture that union, but sometimes you let it go and look for another. And somewhere along the line, if you’re extraordinarily lucky, the answer to “Where Did Our Love Go?” is “Nowhere. It’s been here all along.” You know them. You want one. You can’t live without it. And when it comes to that, “Where Did Our Love Go” explains why relationships are so fragile. With the help of dozens of activists, professionals, and essayists (including himself), editor Gil L. Robertson IV examines love in all its messy categories, including the beginning, the goodness, and the end. Readers, I think, will like the varied tones found in this book: some are humorous, with a bit of sarcasm befitting love gone wrong. Others are so sweet that you’ll feel almost voyeuristic while reading. Still others are laced with anger, bitterness, and fist-shaking. And then there are the hopeful ones, which round out the selection and make this book browse-able to match your mood. In the end, Mary, Flo, and Diana were justified in asking the question about amour. And if you’re still looking for the right answer, you’ll find “Where Did Our Love Go” to be supreme wi


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ARIES Sweet sincere emotions can run through you like the odors of different perfumes. Open yourself up and let it flow. If love offers itself this week please accept the offer. Everything is open. Write down what you think of yourself this week. Save it. Make a poster out of it. Soul Affirmation: Trust gives me a deep sense of peace and joy. Lucky Numbers: 38, 45, 53 TAURUS Business as usual is good business. Energy is high. Others give back to you what you gave to them the past few weeks. We hope you were generous because what you get this week will be a multiple of what you bestowed. Soul Affirmation: I love myself for being myself. Lucky Numbers: 51, 54, 55 GEMINI Did joy take a vacation on you? Well, joy is back and ready to unpack. Get the spare room ready or move over and let joy crawl in bed with you. Smile in joy’s face and make joy feel at home. Know that you’ve done good. Soul Affirmation: Joy is my house guest this week. Lucky Numbers: 14, 22, 37 CANCER Putting the world back in balance is your chore this week. Cheerfulness has been a little lower on the scale than it should be. You can spread it around lavishly this week. Give some to everyone. The more you give the more you’ll get. Soul Affirmation: Goodness is its own reward. Lucky Numbers: 15, 34, 48

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LEO Celebrate! It’s summer time! Communications will flow easily for you this week. Dress up and get the weekend started earlier. Social life can take your mind off of heavy subjects. Don’t tighten up, brighten up. Soul Affirmation: I get joy from giving good things. Lucky Numbers: 2, 12, 16 VIRGO Stay positive on all fronts this week. You’ll receive subtle cues this week that will confirm what you already know to be true. Act on your instincts and others will be receptive to your vibes. Even if you feel fleeting moments of uncertainty this week, go with the flow, and be a team player. Soul Affirmation: This week is the day the Lord has made. I rejoice in it. Lucky Numbers: 18, 26, 33 LIBRA Your positive energy will spread feverishly among family and friends this week. Your timing is just right because your positive vibes will be the extra nudge someone needs to pull through the week. Your strength and friendship will be tested. Soul Affirmation: Facing down challenges makes me feel good about myself. Lucky Numbers: 11, 15, 42 SCORPIO Call a family member to ask for a second opinion on something important. A different perspective will give you more options on your action plan. Use your faith to guide you through a mental maze that might stir up confusion. Soul Affirmation: I smile and trust in the powers beyond myself. Lucky Numbers: 38, 50, 52 SAGITTARIUS Give yourself a break this week! You’ve been going at full speed and you need to shift down to a lower gear. Time is a luxury and it will be on your side this week. Kick off your shoes, enjoy a long afternoon nap, or curl up with a good book that you’ve been meaning to read. Soul Affirmation: I let the outer world and inner world change places this week. Lucky Numbers: 27, 29, 45 CAPRICORN This week remember to pamper yourself by giving. To give with no expectation of receiving in return is truly a luxury of the joy filled spirit. The act of giving has a reciprocal effect on those that it touches. So when you share your gifts know that as you do you are lavishing not only others but also yourself. Soul Affirmation: Giving is a luxury that a rich spirit can afford. Lucky Numbers: 14, 27, 32 AQUARIUS Romance, friendship, family ties, no matter what you call it, love is indeed your special blessing this week. Allow yourself to show love and to be loved. Bless someone by sharing your love and you will be blessed in return. Soul Affirmation: Giving love is finding love. Lucky Numbers: 2, 13, 19 PISCES You’re not usually a gambler but luck is with you as never before in recent months. You have the Midas touch this week. Buy a lottery ticket or make a wager. Gamble on love if you have that option handy. You can’t miss if you follow your instincts. Soul Affirmation: My hunches pay all day this week. Lucky Numbers: 8, 24, 37

LIFESTYLE supercharged V-8, straight-line performance is thrilling. “The first thing about the car – any Jaguar, really – is it’s all about proportions, the visual architecture,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s chief designer. “We try to sort out the pro-

The XJ-R is one of the quickest cars. It’s capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph. /Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Post Ford Jaguar Claws Back By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer Iconic British carmaker Jaguar wants the world to know that it’s making money and growing. Just five years ago, as the world’s recession-wracked economy was imploding, Ford, then Jaguar’s owner, had lost $14.6 billion. Ford was in no position to fund a comeback for its bleeding luxury brand and many doubted Jaguar would survive. A desperate Ford unloaded Jaguar (and fellow British premium brand Land Rover) to Indian manufacturer Tata for about $1.7 billion – roughly a third of the price Blue Oval paid for the two luxury brands. Though reliability still remains a concern, new models seem to indicate a bright future, as the brand introduces modern designs sprinkled with a fair share of the old-world luxury of the British upper classes. The new Jaguar lineup includes a terrific product line-up of cars that are not only fantastic to drive, but also offer state-of-the-art technology and seductive design. That said, the luxury market terrain remains a big challenge for Jag. Renewed competition from BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and a host of other premium brands with sporting portfolios will be a tough huddle to clear. Lacking the marketing muscle of these bigger companies, Jaguar has begun playing to its strengths by providing a close-up driving experience that it hopes will reel in additional U.S. drivers. Recently, I was given an opportunity to experience the automaker’s latest push to getting people to experience a Jag where it still has a big advantage – behind the wheel. Dubbed the Jaguar Alive Driving Experience,

the carmaker is inviting a limited number of likely buyers and journalists to experience the luxury, performance and capability of select models from the 2013 and 2014 line-up during an 18-city U.S. tour. Locally, Jaguar hosted the event at Redskins FedEx Field and featured various supercharged and all-wheeldrive models from the XJ, the XFR and the XK / XKR-S series. Also in the lineup was the F-TYPE, an allnew two-seater convertible sports car. Invited guests were offered “simulated” city drives, different types of racing, or if one felt nostalgic, they could simply view some vintage Jaguars under the beautiful white tents. In several closed simulated driving courses, we were accompanied by professional race car drivers, who encourage us to test Jaguar’s high performance vehicles to their limits, while at the same time teaching us about safe performance driving, including accident avoidance, handling, braking, and acceleration. I have driven many Jaguars before and I can affirm that the Jaguar Driving Experience was one of the best. To really appreciate what sets the new Jags apart, you cannot do it from afar – you’ve got to get behind the wheel. One of my favorite drives was the XJ. Reworked, it ditches the formal looks of the 2004-2010 model years for a more modern one – from its rakish front end to the slick kickedup tail. The cabin wears lots of gloss piano-black trim, leather, wood and chrome – and though it sacrifices some space for the roofline, it’s still a usefully roomy sedan. Handling and steering are superb, deft, and light to the touch. And with a choice of a 385-horsepower V-8 or a 510-hp

portions right from the beginning – the big picture – to make sure it looks like a beautiful car from 200 yards. Then we get into the surfacing, the lines, and the details,” he said. After years of watching other car

companies have fun selling lots of cars in the luxury segment, I can’t say for sure, but knowing what I know, it seems to me Jag will be with us for a long time. Obviously Jaguar’s current savior, Ratan Tata, hopes so too. wi




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Elgin Baylor’s acrobatic moves and highlight-film-worthy career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) rivals that of such noted stars as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. Most fans today may not know that, because while Baylor, 78, was compiling 23,149 career points, 3,650 assists, and 11,463 rebounds, there was no SportsCenter or 24hour cable networks to capture the many eye-popping moments he provided on the hardwood. “He was one of the most spectacular shooters the game has ever known,” said Jerry West, who played with Baylor for more than a decade beginning in 1958 when Baylor won NBA Rookie of the Year honors with the Los Angeles Lakers. “I hear people talking about forwards today and I haven’t seen many that can compare with him,” said West, 74. Baylor, a native of Northeast Washington, D.C., and a Spingarn High School graduate, is one of the 10 most recent members of the DC Sports Hall of Fame, which includes professional and amateur athletes who either played on local teams or are native Washingtonians. Prior to the April 28 game against the Cincinnati Reds, the Washington Nationals held a ceremony to induct this year’s class, which includes Baylor, Dave Bing, former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard, National Football League (NFL) Hall of Famer Willie Wood, National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Famer and former Washington Capital Mike Gartner, former Washington Senators and Redskins announcer Phil Hochberg, and broadcasting pioneer Bob Wolff. John Carroll High School coach Maus Collins, former Washington Senators player Sam Rice, and celebrated sportscaster George Michael, were inducted posthumously. Each of the honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the District while furthering the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community, the Nationals said in a news release. The group joins other stand-out The Washington Informer

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athletes and personalities to be inducted, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, and Morgan Wootten. This year’s crew made their mark in pro and high school sports as well as in the broadcast booth. Bing, 69, also a Spingarn graduate, was selected second overall in the 1966 NBA draft and was an 8-time All-Star with the Detroit Pistons before finishing his career with the Washington Bullets in 1975. Beathard, 76, took over as Redskins general manager in 1978 and the team won two Super Bowls, three conference titles and had seven winning seasons during his 11 year tenure. Wood, 76, played for the Green Bay Packers and helped the team win five titles, including two Super Bowls. Gartner, 53, averaged 41 goals during his nine seasons with the Capitals and help the team reach the Stanley Cup playoffs during his final six years in D.C., before being traded to Minnesota in 1989. Hochberg, 74, a local icon, served as the Redskins’ public address and press box announcer for nearly four decades and, as a member of the distinguished

panel that selected the 70 greatest Redskins of all time in 2002. Wolff, 92, was a beloved Washington announcer for the Senators, who also called Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. The late Collins was known as the godfather of Washington High School football and was one of the top winning coaches with a career mark of 322-74-9. The late Rice, another D.C., standout, led the American League in hits, triples and stolen bases for the Senators. He had 2,987 career hits and led the Senators to two American League titles. A former DJ in Philadelphia and New York, the late Michael was popular for his “Sports Machine” show in which he helped to popularize the phrase, “Lets go to the videotape.” Each of the inductees received a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction and their names will now be added to the Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park in Southeast, located on the side of Garage B facing the field. wi

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The Power of Prayer, When There’s No Doubt!


f you pray, you’ve got the key to the kingdom. And by faith, you’ll unlock any door. If you fall on your knees, let the Lord give you ease. He is near and He’ll hear, when you pray! That’s one of my favorite songs. We used to sing that song many years ago, back in the 1970s. Although that was more than 40 years ago, not much has changed – actually, nothing has changed. Prayer still works, as long as your faith is strong. The book of James 1:6 reminds us, “Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.” Experiment with the power of prayer – test it out for yourselves and watch what happens. It doesn’t matter what name you assign to the Higher Power. For example, it could be Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Shalom, or Jehovah Rophe. Many call Him God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. Regardless of the name that’s used when you pray, even if it’s simply the Universe, as long as you admit that the world is set up in an orderly manner, and you pray daily. The sun rises every day in the east and sets in the west, oak trees grow from acorns not from apple seeds, and the planets, the sun and stars move through space in a recurrent pattern. Gravity kicks in without any effort at all times, you can count on that. It doesn’t matter how good or bad a person is, if

they choose to jump or if they fall from a tall building, they’re going to hit the ground. It’s the law of gravity, and the law never changes. Once you acknowledge the order of the world, you’ll see that it’s easy to understand, and thus changed by acting within specific parameters. You’ll notice that as you go from place to place seeking, you will find what it is you’re looking for. This is a subject for another column about how perfect the world is, and how we can take a page out of the book of life by managing our lives in a similar manner. Keep knocking, and rest assured that doors will be opened for you. You won’t be able to imagine the joy you will feel from the effort you put into achieving what God truly has in store for you. Scripture also reminds us that all we need to do is ask. Prayer is the process by which we ask God to fulfill our requests, in the name of Jesus! Acknowledge your place within the world order, and begin to prepare yourself for change – become the person you’re destined to be by virtue of the fact that God placed you on this planet. Pray daily, as the word says, “Pray without ceasing” 1st Thessalonians 5:17. If you acknowledge God and his benevolence, so much the better, but if you doubt it, you’ll block your blessings. However, for prayer warriors, people who pray regularly, that doubt will not last long; and you will be able to prepare yourself for success

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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

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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

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Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Full Gospel Baptist Church

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

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

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

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

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

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

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

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

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

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

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

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


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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

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

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

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

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

Salem Baptist Church

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

Shiloh Baptist Church

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

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Reginald M. Green, Sr., Interim 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

602 N Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595

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

Motto: God First

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Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday school For All Ages 9:30am Prayer Services Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm “Changing Lives On Purpose “ Email: Website:

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

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

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

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

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CLASSIFIEDS legal notice SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 347 Nannie W. Pleasant Decedent Leonard G. Muhammad, Esquire 7306 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jacqueline Nichols, whose address is 2419 30th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20018, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Nannie W. Pleasant, who died on October 22, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 25, 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 October 25, 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: April 25, 2013 Jacqueline Nichols Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

legal notice SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 312 Henrietta Lindsay Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jeffery Lindsay, whose address is 4509 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Henrietta Lindsay, who died on January 16, 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 October 25, 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 October 25, 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: April 25, 2013 Jeffery Lindsay Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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

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

Administration No. 2013 ADM 125

Administration No. 2013 ADM 348

Reuben A. Scarborough, Jr. Decedent

Eloise Pinkney Decedent

Deborah D. Boddie, Esq. 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney

Leonard GP Muhammad, Esquire Law Office Muhammad & Associates 7306 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney



Michael L. Shorter, whose address is 1112 Chaplin Street, SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Reuben A. Scarborough, Jr., who died on April 29, 1997 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 October 18, 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 October 18, 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.

David R. Pinkney, whose address is 27 Synott Place, Newark, NJ 07106, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Eloise Pinkney, who died on April 23, 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 October 25, 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 October 25, 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: April 18, 2013

Date of first publication: April 25, 2013

Michael L. Shorter Personal Representative

David R. Pinkney Personal Representative



Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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nately, many parents, frustrated with the school system, write it off. Further, too many of our community organizations don’t sufficiently emphasize education, or if they do, don’t get into the “down and dirty” of it, preferring to raise much-needed scholarship funds than to take a young person by the hand and guide them through next steps to education. The majority of African American students are still first-generation college students. They aren’t always sure what next steps are, and they often need help maneuvering through a system with which their parents have no familiarity. Too many smart students don’t have the parental and societal support, they need to achieve. The United States falls way behind the rest of the world when we don’t value students who have the potential to be high achievers, regardless of race or ethnicity. We further disservice ourselves as a nation when we fail to value those who have the intelligences to change our world. 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.

that did not curb the all-White police force’s appetite for violence. A quote from Steve Lebelo, a student at Madibane High School, describes the violence that was inflicted on the community in the immediate aftermath of Pieterson’s death. The quote, which also hangs in the museum, recalls: “It was on the 17th and 18th, when police went out and systematically were killing people. I do know that suddenly there was the infamous green car. It was a 3800 Chev, it was a green car, and at the time they were used mostly by the police. We suspected that they had a sniper in there who picked up people at random and shot and killed them. I do know a friend of mine who was killed on the 19th of June, under the same circumstances. He had gone to the shop, and as he came back from the shop carrying a litre of milk, he was shot by a sniper and killed.” Above the quote is a photo of a green Chevrolet, loaded with White men, with rifles sticking out of the windows. There are other reminders throughout the museum. There is

a picture of a small, naked child being drenched in a bottle of water to soothe her pain in tears. Another photograph contains student protesters, with one holding up a sign reading, “To hell with Afrikaans.” Erected in 2002, the museum honors the memory of the students who died in the uprising. A brick bearing each name is built into the ground just steps from the entrance of the museum, which is only two blocks away from where Pieterson was killed. The inscription about Hector Pieterson in the museum ends by noting, “When National Youth Day is celebrated each year on June 16 at the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum, it becomes a national site of commemoration, also reflecting current changes in the articulation of the South African democracy.” wi George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at currygeorge.

that’s another story. Maybe one of the reasons for that can be found in some of our consumption statistics. A few years back, the Selig Center reported that Blacks spend more on telephone services, children’s apparel, electricity and natural gas, and guess what, footwear. Today, I’m sure hair (someone

else’s) is in the top five. How do we measure up in business? In his classic book, Black Bourgeoisie, E. Franklin Frazier stated, “[Black] business enterprises come within the definition of small businesses; in fact, they fall within the lowest category of small businesses. When the first study

MALVEAUX continued from Page 25 on stock and turn them into wealth. Those who write about the achievement gap ought not underestimate African Americans. Where does the achievement gap come from, then? It comes from the opportunity gap. The average African American household) earns $31,000 a year, compared to $51,000 for Whites. Fifty-one thousand ( $51,000) can buy a lot more opportunity than $31,000 can. If income determines housing clusters, neighborhoods with a $51,000 mean income have better schools and more involved parents than the $31,000 neighborhood does. Closing income gaps closes opportunity gaps, according to a Ford Foundation-sponsored book written by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, an Obama education adviser. She says poverty and segregation means that some students attend schools that have fewer resources than others. Indeed, inner city high schools are less likely to offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.

curry continued from Page 25 measure. On April 20, 1976, students at Orlando West Junior High School went on strike, refusing to go to school. The protest quickly spread to other schools in Soweto. On the morning of June 16, an estimated 20,000 students started walking from the junior high school to Orlando Stadium, where they had planned to hold a mass rally before continuing to the regional office of the Department of Bantu Education. Instead of allowing the students to walk peacefully, police barricaded the march route and unleashed dogs on the crowd. According to some news accounts, students stoned the dogs and police soon began opening fire on the students, killing 13-year-old Pieterson and 22 others that day, all but two of whom were Black. At the end of a series of protests, called the Soweto uprising, estimates of those killed ranged from 176 to more than 600. The violent attack on the children thrust the African National Congress (ANC) to the forefront of Black political protest and ignited international protests. But

Clingman continued from Page 25 We will definitely be looking good, but we sure won’t be doing good (pardon my grammar). That’s essentially how we are as consumers. We look real good, but when it comes to how we are doing,

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sold to us by everyone else, of course, we are mired in a dysfunctional – and maybe even mythical – Black economy. Much of our economic pain in the 21st century is the direct result of our failure to develop a real Black economy, our failure to take care of our collective “household,” our failure to save more of our money, our failure to support our own businesses, and our failure to produce goods and services commensurate with our percentage of population and income. Additionally, we have failed to work together for the uplift of the masses, sharing our resources with one another and helping one another as we make our way individually. The so-called “middle-class” Blacks have distanced themselves, not necessarily physically but mentally, and as Frazier wrote, they have been obsessed “with the struggle for status.” And many of the less fortunate among our people spend too much time being jealous and envious of our brothers and sisters who have achieved at higher levels. The result is an oxymoronic “Black economy.” wi

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ago, it remains the largest number of long-term unemployed America has endured at any one time since the Great Depression of the 1930s. More worrisome, two-thirds of this group has been jobless for more than a year. It’s widely accepted that, generally speaking, the longer individuals are jobless, the more their connections to viable job networks will fade and advances in technology will outpace their skills. That belief is a major reason employers, as numerous studies show, are loath to hire unemployed workers who’ve been jobless for even just six months. That reasoning means that in today’s economy a great majority of the long-term unemployed have almost no chance of finding another job. The Joint Committee’s own report suggests recommendations, which are similar to those of many economists and other observers. Governments at the local and state as well as the federal level must forge policies that promote economic growth and encourage private employers to hire more people. Governments also must undertake new projects, such as rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, that would enable them

to hire more of the unemployed. The public and private sectors must “modernize” the community college system so that those institutions can help retrain older workers and prepare new ones to meet today’s employment requirements. It will come as no surprise that Black American (and Hispanic-American) workers are disproportionately likely to be among the long-term unemployed and the verylong-term unemployed. That grim reality underscores the raft of statistics that show that, in fact, black Americans have been beset by a crisis of high mass unemployment and long-term unemployment for more than four decades. That crisis sharply divided African-American society into an “opportunity sector” and a “crisis-ridden sector.” For years those scholars and activists who argued that this was not a matter of Black inferiority but of economic shifts in the labor market and persisting racial discrimination, were largely ignored. I wonder: Now that the crisis of mass long-term unemployment has crossed the color line, will the larger American society take the same stance?wi

ers and then executing them. They have vowed to kill anyone friendly to Israel. Libya remains unsafe. The French Embassy was recently bombed It is confirmed that the Al Qaeda faction there possesses thousands of weapons and is distributing them to their factions in Mali, Niger, Syria and other places where there is serious conflict. Our denial of Al Qaeda in Libya is going to cost us via deadly acts of terror. While we hold a “blind eye,” evil is on its way. President Obama said that if Syria uses chemical weapons on its rebels that would amount to a “red line.” He promises fierce action if the Syrian government goes that way. Well, Israel has confirmed that the government has indeed used chemical weapons on several occasions. Still, we do not

move to stop the madness going on around the world or at home. The Syrian government called Obama’s bluff. By contrast, the Canadian government has just prevented an act of mass destruction. Two Al Qaeda terrorists were planning to blow up a bridge near Toronto when a train carrying New York tourists would be crossing it. The two were being funded and directed by a wing of Al Qaeda based in Iran. The Canadians have their act together and perhaps we can learn from them. Also, it had been believed by our government that there was no Al Qaeda in Iran. We blew it! There are 75,000 Muslims migrating to the United State each year on student visas. Twenty percent (15,000) of them never go to a classroom. That’s 15,000 per year that are wandering throughout America and we have no clue what their intentions are. There is likely to be some with ill intentions, which makes us at an

extreme level of risk. It is becoming very scary because we aren’t prepared or taking enough preventative measures. President Obama has an affinity for Islamic people. Both his father and step-father were Islamic and he bears an Islamic name. I believe this blinds his thinking. More terrorists are Islamic or Muslim than any other religion. His soft peddling and denial are preventing him from being more aggressive and resolute. The book Art of War stresses that you must recognize the true enemy. Not only do we not recognize the true enemy; we aren’t even looking. We are going to get through this challenge. The sooner we start dealing with the issue directly, the less lives will be lost.wi Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: Email:

trusted to develop military power right away, because the world feared they would become aggressors again and threaten other nations if they had military power. So what happened? Freed of the requirement to waste its money and brain power on useless military endeavors, Germany and Japan turned their war industries into peaceful production. They built cars and electronics, and by the 1980s, they had both surpassed the U.S. in quality and quantity of automobile and electronic sales. I wish Black people would

adopt such a model. Put down the gun. Pick up the book. Beat the swords into plowshares, and race the rest of the world to the top in production of something that the world needs. The world has no need for troublemakers. Troublemakers keep prison guards, and lawyers, and judges, and probation officers, and all manner of counselors gainfully employed, while at the same time they keep the Black community cringing in fear, unable or unwilling to constructively re-direct that rage that’s pent up in our young people into gainful pro-

duction. There should be no place in the upward mobility of the Black community for the strip club. There should be no place in our climb for the gambling parlors which drive some of us to the pay-day-loan scam artists and others of us to criminal behavior. We’re not stealing to “put food on the table.” No. We buy what we want with what little money we may have, and then we beg for, or steal what we need. It’s that kind of wrongdoing, which is holding Black people back. wi

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send the quota of young Black males and females to jail, again and again. Just think. After World War II America’s vanquished enemies Germany and Japan were both disarmed. Their military forces were reduced to national police forces, as all of their external security was provided by the United States and the allies, because the defeated foes could not be

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ing, the tweet powerfully suggested that the Congress just doesn’t care about the long-term unemployed. The symbolism became even more potent the following two days when the Senate and the House hurriedly approved, and the president hurriedly signed, legislation that forestalled any possibility the air traffic control system would be disrupted by sequester-driven budget reductions. Critics of the action contrasted Congress’ quick reaction to complaints from the business sector about airport delays with its studied ignoring pleas to show equal mercy to those who depend on government social programs – such as the long-term unemployed. Keith Hall, one of the congressional committee’s witnesses, succinctly described some of the alarming statistics used to describe the long-term unemployment crisis. Hall, a former head of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, now directs a research center at George Mason University. Although the number of longterm unemployed has fallen from its peak above 6 million four years

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10¢ Per Gallon reward at



299 lb




99 lb


Or Boneless Beef Ribeye Steak $7.99 lb.


Rancher’s Reserve® Boneless Beef Chuck Roast


Rancher’s Reserve® Beef Ribeye Steak



2 for $

1-lb. pkg. Driscoll’s Red Strawberries

16-oz. Club Price: $2.50 ea.


4for $

Large Hass H Avocados A d Imported. Each Price: $1.25 ea.

Safeway Smoked Shank Half Ham Or Rump Half Ham. Bone-In. While Supplies Last. 99¢ lb.


BUY 1 GET Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage or


Ball Park Beef Franks


2 for $

13 to 14-oz. Sausage or 14 to 16-oz. Franks. Selected varieties.

Fresh Express or Safeway® Farms Salad Blends 4.75 to 12-oz. packages. Selected varieties. Club Price: $2.00 ea.

179 lb

natural pork

No Artificial Ingredients. Minimally Processed.

Pork Shoulder Blade Roast


2 for $

Stroehmann Dutch Country or Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread

20 to 24-oz. Selected varieties. Club Price: $1.50 ea.


99 lb

- Responsible Choice -

Jumbo Raw Gulf Shrimp 21 to 25-ct. While Supplies Last. Or Snow Crab Clusters $5.99 lb. Japonicus. Cooked. Previously frozen.

Sold Whole in a Bag. Or Pork Shoulder Country Style Ribs. Extreme Value Pack $2.49 lb.



Starbucks Coffee or K-Cups 11 to 12-oz. or 10-ct. Selected varieties.



Lucerne® Milk

Gallon. 2%, 1% or Fat Free.


Buy 4 Must

Deer Park Water 24-pack, 16.9-oz.

the Big Cheese



Simply Juice

59-oz. Chilled. Selected varieties.



Marie Callender’s Meals 10.25 to 19-oz. Selected varieties. Excludes Steamers.



2 for $

Tostitos Cantina Chips

9 to 12-oz. Selected varieties. Club Price: $2.50 ea.

64-oz. or 4-pack, 12-oz. Multi-Pack Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail Drinks. Or 16-oz. Coffee-mate Liquid Pantry Creamers.





MUST BUY 4 to get discounted price

MUST BUY 4 to get discounted price











Mix & Match

PPepsi or 7-UP

1 12-pack, 12-oz. cans Pepsi or 77-UP. Or 8-pack, 12-oz. bottles PPepsi. Selected varieties.


12-ct. Green Mountain or Folgers K-Cups or 22.6 to 31.5-oz. Safeway® Kitchens Coffee. Selected varieties.

599 ea

MUST BUY 4 to get discounted price

GAS REWARDS RDS DS S DISCLAIMER: DISCLAIM DISC SCLAIM LAIME ER *MAXIMUM REWARD ER: REW IS $1 PER GALLON AT SAFEWAY GAS STATIONS AND PARTICIPATING EXXON AND MOBIL LOCATIONS. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER SAFEWAY GAS REWARDS OFFER. Exxon and Mobil are trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation and are used with permission. Gift Card purchases are not eligible for Special or Bonus Just for U Gas Reward Points Offers. Other restrictions and exclusions apply. Limit 1 per transaction. Please see customer service for details or visit


MUST BUY 4 to get discounted price



18-oz. General Mills Cheerios, 15-oz. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal, 5-ct. Fiber One Protein Bars or 20-ct. Twinings Tea Bags.

*Must buy 4 or more with Card



4for $






Tide Detergent

100-oz. Liquid or 95 to 98-oz. Powder. Selected varieties.

Participating items include: 6 to 8-oz. Kraft Shredded Cheese, 10.7 to 12-oz. Kraft Singles, 6.67 to 8-oz. Sargento Natural Slices, 12-oz. Polly-O String Cheese, 12-oz. Sorrento String Cheese, 4-oz. Crystal Farms Cheese Wedge, 8-oz. Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8-oz. Lucerne® Chunk Cheese. Look for many more participating items in store.

Offer valid 5/1/13 thru 5/7/13

Prices on this page are effective Wednesday, May 1 thru Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED). ALL LIMITS ARE PER HOUSEHOLD, PER DAY. Selection varies by store.


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