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African Americans Disproportionately Affected by Disasters Studies Show Blacks Unprepared By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer The tornado which devastated an Oklahoma town last month has once again sparked debate about emergency preparedness, particularly in the African American community where disaster readiness hasn’t always been a

priority. “We’ve seen the effects of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and other disasters. We’ve also seen the effects they have had, especially on black people,” said Cindy Vaughn, a Prince George’s County resident. “However, we (African Americans) tend not to pay too much

attention to these things and that’s one of the main reasons why we’re not always prepared when natural disasters and other tragedies strike,” she said. The attitude toward preparedness among America’s black population remains nonchalant despite frequent disaster occurrences and rising death tolls, ac-

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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 Also present at the event was said. Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatthe Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasthe founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilan organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. and their children. Marlow has worked to break “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that of,” she said. process. Mildred Muhammad said immersed “I plan to takedesign theseacademic policies to More than 30 young people, who were in a fashion people strutted who want a designs Congress and annual implore program, some ofto theirhelp original at the sixth Sewthem ‘N to domestic violence victim Tennis must & change laws,” Marlow said. Know program at the Southeast Learningour Center on June 1. /Courbe Photo careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these politesy the victim's life, and understand cies are passed.” that in Barry, “survival Tiaparticipated Carol Jones canBlacks be reached formershe D.C.may mayor,be Marion and who in the in Wax mode”. at former first lady, Cora Masters Barry. portrayals, a Masters Barry brainchild, “Before you Iget to 'I'm going “This is how started, I started at that began seven years ago as a way to to you,' started as a verbal WI thiskill age,” saidit Rankins pointing to children who were under 10. “And it’s educate youth about African-Ameribeen good to me.” Before moving to can history. the District in 1994, Rankins dressed Young actors dressed like Mayor actors in various television comedies Vincent C. Gray, first lady Michelle such as “Good Times,” “Gimme a Obama, Congresswoman Eleanor Break!” and “227.” Masters Barry, the founder and Holmes Norton along with an air chief executive of the Recreation quality expert from the EnvironmenWish List Committee and the SETLC, tal Protection Agency, Gina McCarsaid that educating and transforming thy addressed the crowd about living youth into leaders, is her passion. a healthier, greener existence. Before “They’re the reason why I get up in the morning,” said Masters Barry, 68, the show ended, the audience was who added that each year the scholars treated to a lip-sync performance by used themes that highlighted some Drai Faulk, who wowed them with the message. Last year they invoked the song “Save the Children,” by the late image of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot to death on Feb. Marvin Gaye. Rankins added that her work has 26, by a neighbor. “They all wore hoodies in the show. It was very top- created a visual and performing sancical, very informative and educational tuary of learning and growth for all as education is a major component for bright young people, especially those this program.” L.Y. Marlow Besides the fashion designs by having difficulty in succeeding in a traRankins, Zakariya Gordon, a guest de- ditional school atmosphere. signer and the tennis participants, the “By starting with design, my stufashion show also featured a speaker dents are learning to visualize themfrom the D.C. Department of the selves in the future,” said Rankins. “In Environment who discussed storm water drainage. Also featured in the doing so, they’re learning how to make fashion show were the young actors a goal and stay on track.”wi

We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic violence. I plan to take these policies to Congress and implore them to change our laws. I will not stop until these policies are passed.


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Viewp int Jacquline Avent Washington, D.C. I believe they are very similar. Henderson wants to close 15 schools which not only force the children to have to commute to another school, but it will put countless teachers and school administrators out of work. Instead of closing these proposed schools, more emphasis should be placed on improving the education of the students and fairly compensating the teachers for the work they continue to do.

Charlyndria Horton Washington, D.C. While Henderson’s policies are similar to Rhee’s, I don’t believe she’s as extreme. Closing the proposed schools is not going to solve any problems at all – it just won’t. It will only make the educational system in the District worse and the affected children will have to be taken to other parts of the city. They should be able to attend a school in their neighborhood. Busing children to other neighborhoods, while neglecting true educational needs, is not the solution.


Marcia Green Washington, D.C. The problem isn’t solely with Henderson. The focus is to spend less on public schools in the District of Columbia. It’s a result of people not wanting to put money into public education. Children living in areas that aren’t particularly the best, are starting to move to charter schools and charter schools are starting to expand to areas in Wards 7 and 8.

Fatmata Fidika-Zulu Washington, D.C. While I believe it was good to have Kaya Henderson on board to immediately replace Michelle Rhee at that particular time, I’m not sure enough thought was given to her background and how it made her qualified to serve as chancellor. I’m not exactly pleased with the direction she’s taken. It feels the same as it did under Rhee and all that has really changed is the [chancellor’s] face.

Cynthia Harrison Washington, D.C. I absolutely believe Kaya Henderson is a reincarnation of Michelle Rhee. I understand the demographics are changing and areas that were previously saturated with children are no longer so, but we still need education services and institutions in those communities. School closings and mergers – and I’m not against charter schools – really makes me wonder about the future of the public school system in Washington, D.C. It is really unfortunate.

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PREPAREDNESS continued from Page 1 compared to 47 percent of other U.S. citizens. Forty percent of African Americans said they would characterize the threat level of a disaster happening in the U.S. as either high or severe. However, just 24 percent of African Americans surveyed said they are prepared for a disaster but they had a “great intention to prepare,” and indicated that they would be open to better preparation if offered a tax credit or financial incentive. “Imagine that,” said Dana Stevenson, a psychologist in Northeast Washington, D.C. “We will prepare for a disaster only if the government or another entity pays us to do so. That makes very little sense that someone would take the position that they’ll take steps to preserve their own well-being or their own life if someone else pays the freight,” Stevenson said. Blacks tend to be disproportionately affected by all kinds of disasters, according to officials at the National Resource Center for Public Health Readiness & Communications at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia. “Every second counts in an emergency,” said William Begal, president of Begal Enterprises, a Rockville, Md.-based disaster restoration company. “But, we assist before a disaster occurs by either creating a disaster plan, or filling in the pieces of what may already be in place and implementing it,” The Washington Informer

Begal said. Still, some argue that poverty and systemic discrimination, which has occurred over the course of American history, has caused many African Americans to regard messages from the government and other authorities with suspicion, doubt and even fear. “There is no question we have gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to the government doing what is right,” Stevenson said. Such historic disasters like the Mississippi River Flood in 1927, the Vanport Flood in 1948, and more recently Hurricane Katrina, demonstrate how African Americans suffered, in part, due to the actions or inactions of the government. “We’ve been treated badly and unfairly. But, we still need to prepare for emergencies a whole lot better than we are doing now,” Stevenson added. Last month’s Oklahoma tornado was a reminder that the frequency of natural disasters has increased in the country, even in Washington, D.C., where recent storms and events include the 1993 blizzard known as the “Storm of the Century,” a 2006 Mid-Atlantic Flood that caused severe damage, and a 5.8 magnitude earthquake which rocked the nation’s capital in 2011. “People should have their important papers and items close by so they can pick them up and take them,” said Nancy Blaschak, a regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross in Western, N.Y.

“You need to know where would you go, where’s a safe place. The idea is that you (easily) can grab things and run out, and you don’t have to worry about anything else,” Blaschak said. In the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado, which resulted in the death of 24 people and countless injuries, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said they are working hard to help victims. “It’s unfortunate that we are once again seeing what tornadoes can do. Preparedness is and should always be a priority,” said FEMA director Craig Fugate One reason many aren’t prepared is the perception that preparing might be too much of a financial strain, said Paul Purcell, a terrorism and natural disaster preparedness trainer and author of the book, “Disaster Prep 101.” “This is the fault of marketers who are constantly trying to push outdoor survival as the preparedness plan people should have and who are trying to sell unnecessary and high-priced equipment,” Purcell said. “Civilians see this hype and feel that they can’t afford all the gear and so they don’t bother trying.” Finances play a role in the lack of preparedness, particularly for blacks. Kim Fuller, a media specialist for the Northwest Washington, D.C. disaster management company, Witt/O’Brien’s, said studies have shown that people are overwhelmed by the long list of sup-


Last month’s Oklahoma tornado was a reminder that the frequency of natural disasters has increased in the country, even in Washington, D.C., where recent storms and events include the 1993 blizzard known as the “Storm of the Century,” a 2006 Mid-Atlantic Flood that caused severe damage, and a 5.8 magnitude earthquake which rocked the nation’s capital in 2011. /Courtesy Photos

PREPAREDNESS continued from Page 8 plies that many entities suggest. “We recommend that you take two immediate steps. Know how to communicate with your family when there is a disaster and know a place to meet if your home or neighborhood is no longer accessible during a disaster,” Fuller said. Officials at the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) said residents shouldn’t wait until the last minute to prepare and preparations should be made for the first 72 hours following a disaster. HSEMA officials recommend an Emergency Go Kit, which consists of a three-day supply of water, three-to-five day supply of non-perishable canned food, and a non-electric can opener. Other essentials include a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a First-Aid kit, and prescription medications for at least one week, cell phone chargers, blankets, rain gear, clothing, identification and photocopies of important family documents. “Keep the electronic gadgets charged,” Begal said.

“If there is a prolonged power outage, how will you charge all those electric gadgets that you have come to rely on? Consider a power strip that has a cigarette plug so that you can charge a laptop, blackberry, or cell phone in your car without running down the battery. Have a generator handy and have different cell service providers for different family members because if one company cell towers are knocked out, you could be out of business,” he said. Vaughn said residents should keep an available sum of money, mostly in small bills, because many disasters prevent ATM machines from working and grocery stores may not be able to accept bills larger than $20. She echoed FEMA’s advice. “Everyone should have an emergency plan and expect to be on their own for at least three days. A disaster kit, which doesn’t cost a lot, should contain food, basic medical supplies, whatever prescriptions you may need, extra clothes, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio and extra batteries,” Vaughn said.wi The Washington Informer

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Ward 8 Cheers Pavilion Groundbreaking By James Wright WI Staff Writer A sense of excitement permeated the air as District officials and community leaders in Ward 8 broke ground for the construction of a facility on St. Elizabeths East campus in Southeast. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, along with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and a host of advisory neighborhood commissioners and other

community leaders attended the groundbreaking for the St. Elizabeths East Campus Gateway Pavilion on May 29. Mary Cuthbert, a 29-year Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner, smiled. “This has been a long time coming,” Cuthbert said. “This process started in 2000 and we determined that we were going to develop this land. I don’t have to go to Virginia to shop because I can spend money in my own community.” The $5 million pavilion is being built by the design-and-con-

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D.C. officials break ground on St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion on May 29. The pavilion is scheduled to open in two and a half months. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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ates also located in Northwest. The pavilion will have a 16,300 square-foot open air market, a 3,300 square-foot enclosed area and a pedestrian walkway to the St. Elizabeths West campus. It will offer space for casual dining, fresh food markets, popup retailers, and meeting spaces for community, cultural and arts events. Some vendors are eligible to set up in the pavilion for $1 a month for the first six months, Victor Hoskins, the District’s deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development said, to determine how economically feasible it is to continue to conduct business [at that location] and in the ward. The pavilion is scheduled to be completed by late August, which coincides with the opening of the new headquarters of the U.S. Coast Guard on the St. Elizabeths West campus. Gray, 70, said that the pavilion is the beginning of the total redevelopment of eastern Washington. “Today is a day that I have long anticipated, along with many other District government officials, business leaders and everyday residents,” the mayor said. “This groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of the implementation of a vision we’ve shared for St. Elizabeths East, Ward 8 and the entire east end of our city and I’m thrilled that we are on track to have this facility completed by fall.” Barry, the former mayor of the District, brokered the deal in 1984. “Sen. Thomas Eagleton called me up one day and asked me would I like for the city to own the whole St. Elizabeths campus,” Barry, 76, told the crowd. “I got back with him a few days later and said that the District will take the east and you, the feds, can keep the west. It seems

like things have worked out well.” Norton, 75, told the group of approximately 60, who attended the event, that the Coast Guard’s arrival is just the beginning. Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano and her 14,000 employees will be coming to St. Elizabeths West shortly, she said. The delegate said that she worked hard to ensure that the Coast Guard’s cafeteria will only accommodate 300 patrons for a workforce of 3,700 and noted that the agency insists upon a 30-minute lunch break for employees. “I want those Coast Guard employees to go out and interact with Ward 8,” Norton said. Brian Hanlon, the director of the D.C. Department of General Services said that certified business enterprises (CBEs) will have a significant role in the St. Elizabeths East project’s construction. “We have had four outreach events for CBEs,” Hanlon said. “We will keep pushing the envelope on this and we have a 10 percent target for Ward 8 subcontractors.” James Bunn, the chairman of the Ward 8 Business Council in Southeast, had reservations but now supports the pavilion. “I’m on board,” said Bunn, 71. “We got some of what we wanted which was to [enclose] half of the pavilion. Ward 8 is finally getting its share of economic development in the city and I think it is going to work.”wi

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His smile is infectious and always genuine. It is one of his many strengths and what keeps AmeriHealth District of Columbia (DC) Community Outreach Coordinator Samuel “Sam” Batts actively engaged with members. Sam has a special brand of humor and a unique style that members gravitate to. He engages members through community outreach which, in some cases, means making door-to-door home visits. Sam demonstrates the health plan’s commitment to coordinating access to quality care for member and they appreciate his personal touch – especially those with chronic illnesses. This proactive approach to health helps to educate members about the link between preventive care and disease management and, just as importantly, helps them navigate the health plan and programs at AmeriHealth DC. “Members want someone to listen to their concerns who can relate to them,” said Sam. As a Community Outreach Coordinator, Sam knows that active listening is a big part of his job. He says many times members reveal things to him about their health that they wouldn’t feel comfortable discussing with their doctors. Sam remembers the case of “Robert,” a member with chronic diabetes who was having great difficulty managing his condition. “At the time, I was a Care Coordinator in Medical Management,” remembers Sam. “Robert wasn’t taking his medicine properly and he kept ending up in the emergency room. I made a home visit to find out why his condition was worsening. He told me some things about his condition that helped me understand why he wasn’t adhering to his medication regimen. There were things he shared with his doctor, but he didn’t understand the doctor’s response or the instructions he was given and consequently didn’t follow his physi-

cian’s instructions. I connected him to a nurse care manager, who answered many of his questions and gave him tips on how to prepare for his doctor visits.” Sam said. This care manager provided ongoing support to help him manage his condition successfully. Sam’s interaction with Robert is just one example of AmeriHealth DC’s dedicated and compassionate commitment to members through the Community Outreach team. By collaborating with community organizations, advocates and providers, the team works hard each day to remove barriers to health care and are responsive to the needs of members. Until recently, Sam and fellow Community Outreach Coordinator were employees of Chartered Health Plan. In March, the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies (ACFC) entered into an agreement to purchase certain assets from D.C. Chartered Health Plan. As of May 1 Chartered began operating as AmeriHealth District of Columbia providing Medicaid managed care and services to Medicaid beneficiaries living in the District of Columbia. AmeriHealth Caritas is a majority-owned subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan holds a minority interest. Nearly 100,000 Medicaid beneficiaries living in the District now have access to AmeriHealth District of Columbia’s comprehensive suite of services including physical health, behavioral health, dental and vision services designed to improve quality outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. Look for Sam in AmeriHealth District of Columbia ads which can be seen all around the District of Columbia. To learn more about AmeriHealth District of Columbia, visit our website at

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Housing Tour’s Focus is Affordability By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer A tour of homes usually features high-end properties with lavish furnishings. But a recent tour of homes in Prince George’s County had a different focus – affordability. The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) partnered with Communications Action Network (CAN) and non-profit developer Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP) to host a Parade of Homes during the latter part of May. The event featured 17 communities throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. “We are hoping that, by opening our doors around the region to showcase the lovely and affordable properties we’ve created, we can eradicate the negative stereotype of affordable housing as ‘the projects,’” said Maryann Dillon, executive director of HIP. “Our properties are beautiful homes

for people with more modest incomes who take pride in where they live.” In Prince George’s County, about 30 individuals came out to tour Renaissance Square, a 44-unit, green, affordable apartment community in Hyattsville. Designated as a residence “for artists of modest means,” the property has “artist friendly” amenities including a high ventilation work room, music practice room, dance studio, art gallery, bicycle storage room, fitness room, and two rooftop patios overlooking green roofs.   Rents at Renaissance Square range from $348 a month to $755 a month for a one-bedroom unit to $400 to $929 per month for a two-bedroom unit, depending on the income of the household. “The challenge for low- and moderate-income employees to find housing that is affordable is growing,” said Michelle Krocker, executive director of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, and one of

Renaissance Square in Hyattsville – a 44-unit apartment community has been designated for “artists of modest means.” /Photo courtesy of Prince George’s County

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area.” Launched in response to the current and growing shortage of housing that’s affordable to a variety of income levels, CAN is a coalition of more than 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and individuals dedicated to sharing research and success stories that promote the positive impact housing affordability has on the economy for both employers and its workforce. The tri-area event featured single-family homes, multifamily rental housing and homeownership communities. “Developing and preserving is a county priority,” said Eric C. Brown, director of Prince George’s County DHCD. “The Parade of Homes event gives the public a tangible image of what affordable housing can be.” There’s a stereotypical image that affordable housing doesn’t have good design, amenities and isn’t energy efficient, he said. Prince George’s housing officials said that there are 249 apartment communities classified by the state as affordable to lower-income households in the county. The website MD- is a search tool for finding these properties that include residences for families, persons with disabilities and seniors. Currently HIP has developed two other affordable apartment communities in Prince George’s County: HIP’s Artists’ Housing in Mt. Rainier and Newton Green Senior Housing in Bladensburg. And there are others being developed. The county’s housing department is in the process of reviewing three affordable housing developments and anticipates that two or three more will be added to the pipeline. Asked if there is an adequate supply of affordable housing in the county, Brown said it depends. “In some areas there’s enough affordable housing, in other areas there is not enough,” said Brown. The challenge is being able to preserve affordable housing in key areas where there’s mass transit, he said.wi


Petition Drive Fails By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Several issues concerning the future of Prince George’s County public schools came to a head last week as an effort to block a new law from going into effect fizzled and temporary leadership of the school system was resolved. Citizens for an Elected Board (CEB) failed to gather the necessary petition signatures to stall the implementation of a new law changing the management structure of the school system and giving the county executive more authority over it. The group sought to have a referendum vote on the changes that were mandated by the state legislature in April. They contend that the changes give too much power to one individual and dilute the voice of the people. Janis Hagey, co-chair of CEB, said her group gathered 5,500 of the needed 8,000 signatures by May 31 and since they fell short, they didn’t turn their petitions into state officials. “We intend to stay engaged around education policy in Prince George’s County,” said Hagey. “We are not dissuaded from that.” Hagey said her group was pleased to have had an opportunity “in our democracy to use a process so there can be debate and community engagement.” The group spent its last week before the deadline gathering signatures at graduation ceremonies and other events. Asked why the petition drive failed, Hagey said the public wasn’t knowledgeable about the new law and its ramifications. Under the new law, which went into effect June 1, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker will now appoint the new chief executive officer, formerly called the superintendent, of the school system from three finalists recommended by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s search committee, which also officially began its work June 1. Also last week an agreement was reached with Interim School Superintendent Alvin Crawley, Ph.D. to remain in that position until a permanent replacement is chosen. Crawley announced in April that he would step down from his post June 3 – 27 days before the end of his contract. “I would like to thank Dr. Crawley for agreeing to stay as

interim superintendent and help us close out the school year,” said Baker. “His decision to stay shows how committed he is to ensuring that the children of Prince George’s County receive a quality education.” “Now we can focus on identifying a new school leader and develop a comprehensive transition plan,” Baker said. “The people of Prince George’s County owe Dr. Crawley a great deal of gratitude for his dedication to our children and this county. He should be commended for putting our children first.” Crawley’s decision to stay allows administrators of the county’s 124,000-student body to remain focused on closing schools properly and ensuring a smooth transition for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, school officials said. “As always, I am committed to the students of Prince George’s County,” said Crawley. “My primary focus is on closing out this school year, and planning throughout the summer for a successful school opening.” More than 100 people turned out for a community forum on May 28 at South Bowie Branch Library in Bowie to learn more about Baker’s intentions concerning the school system and to voice their opinions. Christian Rhodes, education policy advisor to Baker, said about 125 people attended the forum at which Baker provided an overview of the legislation and explained how and why he pushed for changes. About 10 individuals asked questions and others wrote their queries on cards. Rhodes said the questions and comments delved into how the new structure will improve the school system. Other questions and comments touched on teacher retention and parental involvement. Rhodes also said there was discussion about attracting more middle-class families back to the school system. Asked about the petition drive, Rhodes said, “People have the right to engage in the democratic process.” He added that the public will have an opportunity to judge Baker and his performance in the 2014 election. “Judge him on the totality of his work,” Rhodes said wi

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Marie Johns, deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration, chats with Margaret “Dr. Do” Dickinson, left and her colleague Sirkku M. Sky Hiltunen at the Art and Drama Therapy Institute in Northeast on May 23. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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After three years as Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator, Marie Johns decided two weeks ago to embark on what amounts to a farewell tour just prior to her departure. So for more than five hours on May 23, she and a small entourage of Small Business Administration (SBA) employees crisscrossed the District of Columbia, to every quadrant of the city, and met with business owners who’ve benefited from SBA loans. In the last two years, Johns has overseen the distribution of $60 billion in loans to a range of businesses. “We thought it would be a fun and interesting day and a cool thing to do as I transition out,” Johns said with a smile. “What we’re showing is that businesses come in all sizes. The tour highlights the great jobs and the fact that D.C. is a great place to do business.” The SBA provides federal guarantees that gives financial institutions the ability to lend businesses anywhere from 15 to 85 percent of loans. In addition, Johns said, the agency offers a “rich curriculum of technology assets, entrepreneurial training and federal contracting in Hub Zones and through veteran’s programs.” SBA officials chose seven businesses to highlight the range of services the agency offers. “We wanted to give a real variety in terms of the businesses we visited from a home-based business to Wagshals,” said Antonio

Doss, acting district director of the SBA’s Washington Metropolitan Area District Office. “It’s interesting to see where businesses are sometimes. We wanted to show the variety of great small businesses.” Johns, a businesswoman and former mayoral candidate, was responsible for the agency’s 3,000 employees, 68 district offices and policy development and implementation affecting small businesses. Prior to joining the agency, she was president of Verizon Washington. As she drove and walked all quadrants of the city, Johns spoke of the economic resurgence that’s transforming the nation’s capital, a city she acknowledged is one of her great loves. “The economic renaissance is on H Street, U Street, in every corner of the city and it’s fueled by small business,” she said. “Two out of every three new jobs comes from small businesses. In every state there are powerful examples of people creating businesses. We’re doing all we can to help women, communities of color, veterans and young people with business starts and job creation. We’re developing new products to serve these communities. ” Johns said the past two years have been record-breaking in terms of the loans, but added that SBA officials want to see more eligible businesspeople receive more small-dollar loans. To stimulate that, President Barack Obama has proposed waiving fees for loans of

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AROUND THE REGION JOHNS continued from Page 14 $150,000 or less. Vietnam Veteran Willy Armstrong has become a Washington, D.C. institution with his home-based business where he makes custom signs, awnings and T-shirts. For 25 years, Armstrong Custom Signs has provided commercial signage for a host of clients in the District and elsewhere creating everything from lighted electrical signs, to vinyl and other types of banners, and silkscreens to vehicle lettering. In 2002, the SBA gave the company an SBA 7(a) loan for $15,000, and Armstrong used the loan to purchase machinery and equipment for his shop. “There’s enough work right here in Ward 8 to keep me busy for the rest of my life,” Armstrong joked. “But we’re ready to expand now. We have people in place and we want someone from the SBA to go over the paperwork with us.” Armstrong and one of his employees led Johns, Doss and other SBA employees through a warren of workshops with scanners, a fabricator, laminator, computers, drills, saws, work benches, racks and other tools for the job. The group marveled at Armstrong’s use of space and the fact that he fit so much into the space at his disposal. “You do a great job maximizing the space,” Doss said. Johns agreed. “I can’t say enough about the great work you do,” she said. The group also visited Marine Design Dynamics, Inc. (MDD), a company founded in 2005 by Sebastian Phillips with the goal of providing the highest quality engineering and program management services to the U.S. Navy, Department of Defense and commercial clients; The Daily Rider, an H-Street bicycle shop, co-owned by husband and wife Loren Copsey and Beth Rogers. The business offers a wide collection of bicycles – including several brands unique to the Washington, D.C. area market; the Art and Drama Therapy Institute, a non-residential facility with more than 21 years of experience in providing art and theater-based programs to individuals with differing abilities. Others included Peregrine Espresso at its mid-city location on 14th Street; Cork Restaurant & Wine Bar, the creation of Logan Circle residents Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts and designed

to offer a welcoming neighborhood space for people to try outstanding wines – often from unexplored regions of the world – paired with tasty and simple local food. Peregrine Espresso opened on Capitol Hill in August 2008, and now has locations on 14th Street in Northwest and at Union Market in Northeast. The barista received an SBA loan for $165,000 in 2010 to help open the 14th street location. The entourage received a special treat at the Art and Drama Therapy Institute (ADTI), a non-residential facility in the Eckington neighborhood in Northeast, where for more than 21 years, the staff has provided art and theater-based programs to individuals with physical and mental challenges. Adults at the facility performed three songs in the Noh classical Japanese musical style and the Grammy-nominated choir rocked the house with its renditions of “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” and “Peace Be Still.” “We would not be here without the SBA,” said Margaret “Dr. Do” Dickinson, co-founder of ADTI with colleague Sirkku M. Sky Hiltunen. “This is a calling and you deepen our ability to provide.” Johns appeared moved by the performance. “I, on behalf of the entourage want to thank you for blessing us with your music,” she said. “You’re all so gifted. We at the SBA are delighted to have contributed one small bit to this facility.” The last stop was Wagshal’s, a delicatessen and gourmet grocery store and a Washington, D.C. institution that has served the city since 1923. Current owner Bill Fuchs bought the business more than 20 years ago and he used the SBA’s 7(a) loan program to grow and expand the business. In total, Wagshal’s received four 7(a) loans, beginning with a $775,000 loan in 1990. The company later received a total of $1 million in loans between 2001 and 2006. At one point, Fuchs hugged Johns warmly, describing her as a vital collaborator and benefactor. “This young lady has done a wonderful job for me,” he gushed. “She’s a good friend and neighbor.” When the SBA crew stopped by, the Foxworth Square’s Northwest location had only

been open for five days. A busy lunchtime crowd stood in line to buy cooked food from a selection of sumptuous dishes, all made by hand, as well as a large slate of fresh fish, pastries, cakes, pasta, meat and vegetables available on the market side. Fuchs said the “soft opening”

allowed the staff to go through their paces, and work through and smooth out the kinks. “If we didn’t have the SBA we wouldn’t be able to do this. All of us don’t have a rich uncle,” he joked. “…We’re probably one of the oldest businesses in D.C. We have a lot of history

and we want to give back nowadays. When you buy Wagshal’s, what are you buying? Goodwill? A brand? You don’t have a lot of tangible assets … banks are looking for collateral.” “It takes a lot more sophistication. We’re very glad we’ve been successful with SBA’s help.” wi

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In the 1960s, African Americans began being elected or appointed to mayoral positions following achievements Blacks made through the Civil Rights Movement, passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. These days, Blacks are mayors in more than 500 cities.  When Carl Stokes took office January 1, 1968, he was the first African American to head a major city government. As more Black mayors came on line, coincidently American cities declined, as did their industries. For the most part, Black mayors were given the helms to sinking ships. In the 1970s and ’80s, Midwest and Northeastern region cities became America’s “Rust Belt” as factories folded and critical jobs were outsourced to Mexico, China and Japan. This was also the time of “White flight” from large American cities that were plagued with gang violence and terrorism from crack cocaine distribution. Mayors who counted as “bad” and “ugly” included: Coleman A. Young, who became Detroit’s first Black mayor in 1973. He then went on to run the city into ruin during a record 20 years, and Wilson Goode, Philadelphia mayor in the mid-1980s who’s only distinction was “Philly’s Black mayor who bombed some other Black folk.” Those considered “mediocre” included Harold Washington, who was elected mayor of Chicago in 1983 but is overshadowed by America’s Mayor Richard M. Daley. David Dinkins, a one-term mayor of New York City in 1990, did do a lot for the city by addressing

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By William Reed the issues of gang violence and public housing. Those who rated “outstanding” included Lee Brown who in 1997 became the first African American to be elected mayor of Houston, Texas.  He was reelected twice to serve the maximum of three terms from 1998 to 2004.  Houston is a sure enough “boom town”, but if you rated Black mayors past and present and how their cities have fared over the years, Atlanta, Ga., and Washington, D.C., are the top areas. Mayors Marion Barry and Maynard Jackson had the vision to make their cities places where African Americans, particularly professionals, gravitated. It was due to: superior economic opportunities for Blacks, the presence of a large Black upper-middle and upper class, Black political power and outstanding Black educational institutions located in those cities. The nation’s capital is actually one of the best places for African Americans to live. Barry’s strong support for Black-owned businesses is legendary; along with his massive government hiring programs, Barry helped build the District of Columbia into the nation’s largest Black middle-class. When he served on the D.C Council in 1974, Barry spearheaded the movement to require that all contracts

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considered by the District government for services, supplies, and development included a mandatory 35 percent participation for minority-owned companies. He then served as the city’s mayor for three terms until 1990. Noted among his many accomplishments – significantly increasing the number of D.C. government contracts awarded to qualified African-American businesses. Atlanta has one of America’s largest Black populations. Thirty years of Black mayors have done wonders for Atlanta. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, it was the place to be.  The housing was cheap, the weather temperate, the social and business networks were poppin’, the elected officials Black and enlightened, and the opportunities limitless. When Jackson was elected the first Black mayor of Atlanta in 1973, it was only five years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King.  The late Jackson exemplified what a Black mayor should be. He was able to secure building of Hartsfield International Airport with mandatory minority participation for Black firms. Now, called “Hartsfield-Jackson,” it’s the world’s busiest airport.  He had a hand in building the MARTA rail system, and various other public works projects that helped modernize the city.  Later Jackson ran again to secure the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The two, Barry and Jackson, proved to be the impetus for the nation’s two wealthiest majority Black counties, Prince George’s County, Md., and DeKalb County, Ga. wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

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After nearly seven years at the helm of the DC Public Library, today Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper announced plans to retire later this year. Cooper will remain chief librarian for the next few months until the library board names a successor. During that time, Cooper will oversee the increase in library hours and the initial phase of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation, funding that is included in Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposed fiscal year 2014 library budget and pending approval by City Council. “It is truly an honor to be here at this important time for the library and for the city,” said Cooper. “My departure is bittersweet. While I look forward to what the future will bring, I will miss being a part of a team that works hard every day to provide great library service to residents of the District.” “Ginnie has had a tremendous impact on the District, and is one of the finest public servants I’ve worked with,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “She has transformed our library system while beautifying our neighborhoods with buildings that will inspire District residents for generations. We will miss her commitment and hardwork.” “It has been an honor working with the Mayor and other elected officials. I appreciate their leadership and support of the District’s libraries,” said Cooper. “Their commitment to funding the library illustrates how important library service is to District resident’s quality of life.” Arriving in the District in 2006 with the charge to transform the District’s library system, Cooper has led the renovation or construction of 14 neighborhood libraries and tripled the number of books checked out. In addition, the number of public access computers available increased tenfold from 100 to more than 1,000. “Several years ago, the Mayor, City Council, library board and concerned citizens laid out a vision for the District’s public libraries,” said John Hill, president of the Board of Library Trustees. “Today, with award-winning new libraries across the city, nationally-recognized library programs and services, and a commitment to improved services and further facility improvements, we are well on our way to realizing this vision. Ginnie and her team are a key reason for this success. It has been my pleasure and that of the library board to work with her the last seven years.” The library board has organized a search committee to do a national search for a new Chief Librarian. “I have had the opportunity to

work with an extraordinary library board, including board chair John Hill,” added Cooper. “John and his colleagues on the board hired me to transform this library, and have supported and advised me every step of the way.” Cooper’s library career spans more than 40 years. She began her career as a librarian in Washington County (Minn). She served as library director at a host of public libraries including Alameda County (Ca.), Multnomah County in Portland, Ore, Brooklyn, NY and most recently Washington, D.C.


The D.C. Superior Court recently dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against the District by Eric W. Payne, former Director of Contracts for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Payne’s suit contended that he was defamed in a 2012 Washington Post column in which D.C. Chief Financial Officer Dr. Natwar Gandhi was quoted as saying that Mr. Payne had been dismissed in 2009 for poor job performance. Superior Court Associate Judge Laura A. Cordero held that the Anti-SLAPP Act of 2010, which protects speech on matters of interest to the public from “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” puts the legal burden on Mr. Payne to show his likelihood of success in the case because his firing was an “issue of public interest” and that Mr. Payne, following his termination, “has made himself a public figure.” Judge Cordero ruled in her written opinion that Mr. Payne “cannot establish a likelihood of success on the merits for his defamation and false light claims, because [Dr. Gandhi’s] statement was published with privilege and [thus] the statement at issue is not defamatory as a matter of law.” The Court also rejected Mr. Payne’s allegations that the District intentionally inflicted emotional distress on Mr. Payne or prevented him from obtaining another job in his field of interest. A previously-filed case by Mr. Payne charging wrongful termination and a violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act remains pending in U.S. District Court. District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said, “We are pleased that the Superior Court agreed with our contention that the District was covered by the Anti-SLAPP Act in this matter and that this meritless lawsuit deserved to be dismissed. We are continuing to litigate the federal action that Mr. Payne’s lawyers have brought and we expect to prevail in that litigation as well.”

Working to improve one stream at a time Keith A. Anderson is the Director of the District Department of the Environment


he importance of restoring the Anacostia River is clear to nearly every District resident. What is not always clear is the need to restore tributaries – the smaller streams that flow into a river – to the river. Clean, healthy tributaries are critical to accomplishing the broader objective: a clean, swimmable, fishable Anacostia River. Nash Run, which is located in Ward 7, possesses many of the problems common to most streams in urban areas. The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has been leading an effort to restore this small tributary to the Anacostia, which runs parallel to Douglass St NE. The stream originates from a storm sewer immediately downstream of Interstate 295 and runs directly into the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Currently a community eyesore plagued with high levels of trash and other pollutants delivered by uncontrolled stormwater. Through DDOE’s stream restoration work, Nash Run will become a community asset and a point of pride for the neighborhood. The stream restoration and trash trap project will restore 1400 foot of stream downstream from a stormsewer outfall. The project’s goals are to: • • • • •

Stabilize stream banks to prevent bank erosion and degradation of the stream Re-establish native vegetation in the riparian corridor along the stream banks Trap floatable trash and debris coming from the storm sewer outfall Create a stream corridor suitable for terrestrial and aquatic habitat Install a combined trash trap and stream restoration a project that will meet the Anacostia TMDLs for total suspended sediment and trash.

DDOE has led numerous community meetings on the restoration project. The project manager, Josh Burch, has individually met with each property owner adjacent to the stream to help them understand that the problems affecting the local stream are similar to many tributaries to the Anacostia. Namely, uncontrolled stormwater running off roadways, parking lots, and roofs all carry pollutants and trash directly to local waterbodies. DDOE is working to combat this problem through its restoration work and will complete the design work by September of 2013 with construction to begin in the summer of 2014. Community involvement has been critical to the success of the Nash Run restoration project. Many neighbors have advocated for attention on this particular stream. One notable neighbor is Ms. Brown, a long-time resident, who has helped lead trash clean-ups of Nash Run. Initially, she contacted DDOE with concerns about mosquitoes and is now a devoted proponent for this project. Other residents have supported the project by agreeing to the temporary inconvenience that construction may bring. Once complete, the stream will provide habitat for fish and other wildlife. Additionally, the trash trap will capture unsightly trash. DDOE plans to also involve more residents in the RiverSmart Homes program so that residents can do their part in capturing rainwater on their property before it carries more trash and pollutants into local streams. We are always proud to work in neighborhoods with residents committed to a cleaner and healthier Anacostia River. Keith A. Anderson is the Director of the District Department of the Environment.

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D.C. Seniors Recognized for Athletic Abilities By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Today, seniors are enjoying life to the fullest, and many jump head-on into new activities that they’ve never tried before. That’s the case for one District of Columbia senior who learned to swim for the first time in early May. “I like the water, to play in it,” said Althea Black, 60, a Ward 8 resident. “I can float but I never learned how to swim.” She tried to swim when she was a young teen but the results proved to be disastrous. “I was thrown into the water by the instructor but I was afraid,” she recalled. She got about half-a-yard from the edge of the pool but had to be scooped out by the instructor with a stick. However, on May 20, Black proudly sported a bronze medal for placing third in the backstroke competition at the closing ceremony of the 30th annual D.C. Senior Games at the Deanwood Recreation Center in Northeast. “I learned to swim less than two weeks ago,” said Black, who practiced at the Ferebee-Hope Aquatic Center in Ward 8. “My coach said if I could get (third)

place in that (fast) a time after only two weeks, I can be ready for next year.” Black was a competitor at the District’s annual senior games between May 6 and May 13, where participants who are over 50 years old competed in more than 15 sporting events, including aquatics, track and field, basketball, ping pong and other games at different recreation centers around the city. On May 20, many athletes enjoyed the closing ceremony hosted by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), in partnership with the D.C. Office on Aging. The games provided an excellent method for seniors to maintain or improve their physical agility while enjoying competition and camaraderie, said DPR director, Jesus Aguirre. “You’re incredible athletes, we applaud your dedication and love for your sport,” said Aguirre at the closing ceremony where the seniors received gold, silver and bronze medals and trophies. “DPR provides our senior adults access to various events, programs and services for healthy living and a higher quality of life. This is extremely important as seniors are healthier and living longer.”

Tony Diamond, left and Bernard Gibson congratulate one another on being crowned winners during the 30th annual closing ceremony for the D.C. Senior Games at Deanwood Recreation Center in Northeast on May 20. /Photo by Roy Lewis

Several seniors received medals at the 30th annual closing ceremony for the D.C. Senior Games at Deanwood Recreation Center in Northeast on May 20. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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one silver, all for aquatics. “I used to swim for Howard University, back in the 1960s,” said Fleming, 73, a Hillcrest resident who’s been retired for 19 years. Five years ago he began swimming again for health reasons, and he found out about the senior games, also known as the senior olympics. “I’ve been a champion four years in a row,” he pointed out. Fleming has qualified to join other senior athletes at the 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio in July. The annual competition brings together elderly residents from across the District to participate in athletic activities that promote healthy living for a long, more robust life. Approximately, 120 athletes competed against each other, with 62 qualifying for the national games. Joining the roster heading to Ohio is the six-time gold National Senior Games medalist, John Tatum, who at 94 years old, picked up three gold medals and one silver in swimming at

the D.C. qualifying games. The native Washingtonian recently lost his brother, Bradford, who he credited for getting him interested in swimming competitions. “I have to carry on with my fitness. I’m happy to still be doing things, but it’s been hard,” said Tatum at the May 6 opening of the senior games at the Howard Theater in Northwest. He was one of three athletes from the metro area who received personal best awards from the National Senior Games Association, the 28-year-old nonprofit dedicated to motivating active adults to lead healthy lifestyles through the senior games movement. Ms. Senior D.C. Mary McCoy summed up the competition aptly. “You don’t have to be better than everybody else,” said McCoy who addressed the audience at the closing ceremony, “but you have to be better than you believe you [can] be.”wi

Health Event Targets African-Born Residents By Margaret Summers WI Contributing Writer African immigrants and refugees, who now call the District of Columbia home, packed the Brightwood Education Campus at 13th and Nicholson Streets Northwest on Saturday, June 1 for a free D.C. African Wellness Fête. The event ended a three-month health and wellness campaign created by the D.C. Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (O.A.A.). Established by the D.C. Council in 2006, the office ensures that a range of services, including health, employment, education and business ownership support is available to the city’s African community. The campaign, “T.E.A.M. Africa,” was designed to reach the more than 16,000 African-born residents in the District, many of whom lack the resources and knowledge to access health care. “T.E.A.M.” stands for “Think” about self-care practices and how to improve them; “E” is for “Eating” healthier and more nutritional food; “A” is for “Acting” in a manner that promotes healthier living for oneself and family; and “M” is for “Movement,” either dancing or other fitness exercise. Between sitting in on healththemed workshops, reading health information brochures, and viewing health and safety demonstrations, guests were treated to music from around the African continent by a Drum Pulse Entertainment deejay, who mixed instrumental and vocal CDs. Performances by Dance Fitness Asa and Diaspora Dance Troupe had the audience up and moving to shake off pounds and enjoy a fun and high intensity workout. Children learned “Afro Hip-Hop Dance” in an outdoor workshop, jumped in an inflated moon bounce, played soccer, or had colorful designs painted on their faces. Some D.C. Fire Department staff distributed red plastic fireman hats and fire safety infor-

mation to giggling little boys and girls. Advance registration for the Fête gave organizers a means for determining the numbers and nationalities of participants. “We had more than 300 people,” said Ben Nzioka, an O.A.A. Program intern originally from Kenya. He assisted in collecting and quantifying information from the registration forms. “They were from countries like Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sudan, Togo, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, and Benin. There were even about 30 or more participants who are African American.” An O.A.A. video screened during the Fête indicated that there is no exact data regarding the numbers of Africans in D.C. who have difficulty accessing health information and resources. But in an interview, Shella Fon, a public health professional originally from Cameroon, said anecdotal evidence shows Africans don’t always know health clinics’ locations. “If they find the health clinics, they may have limited English. [And] they might not have health insurance.” Fon, who works for the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, said some African D.C. residents from specific regions of the continent share health access information and resources with each other, while Africans from other regions or countries might not have the same kind of tight knit, information-sharing networks. “There are also cultural differences,” said Fon, a “T.E.A.M. Africa” member. “In many African countries, patients can talk to a doctor for as long as an hour about symptoms and how they’re feeling. In the U.S., doctors may spend 20 minutes talking with a patient, then they’re out. We have to explain to Africans that the doctors here aren’t being offensive. There are Africans who are afraid to question or challenge doctors here about treatment. In their countries, they consider doctors as being ‘above’ them, and they aren’t supposed to ask them questions.”

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T.E.A.M. Africa member Tambra Raye-Stevenson demonstrates how to make a watermelon salad during an African Wellness Fete workshop entitled “Cooking Your Way to a Healthy African Diet” on Saturday, June 1. /Photo courtesy of Margaret Summers

Fon said health challenges such as mental illness, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases still carry a stigma in D.C.’s African communities, as they do in much of Africa. Through the Fête event, “T.E.A.M. Africa” worked to eliminate the stigmas in such workshops as “Reality or Myth: Breaking the Silence on Mental Health,” and tables displaying literature on sexually transmitted disease

prevention. The Fête included on-site screenings for health conditions such as Hepatitis B and oral cancer. The Fête concludes the “T.E.A.M. Africa” campaign, but not the outreach to D.C.’s African community. “The Office has appointed Sherif Elhassan from Sudan as its Public Health and Policy Specialist,” said Ngozi Nmezi, O.A.A. director. She said he is a Fellow from Atlas Corps,

which connects trained international professionals with U.S. social change organizations. Nmezi said with Elhassan’s guidance, the O.A.A. will provide more programs to ensure the health and wellness of D.C.’s African-born residents. O.A.A. Program intern Nzioka said the popular Fête may become an annual event.wi

Dr. John Drumm of the District of Columbia Dental Society Foundation, gives an African Wellness Fete participant a free oral cancer screening as part of the O.A.A. event on Saturday, June 1. /Photo courtesy of Margaret Summers

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Ronaya Hall is excited that the day she’s most looked forward to since elementary school – her high school graduation – is just around the corner. But the 18-year-old who attends Ballou Senior High School in Southeast, feels overwhelmed with the costs involved making June 13, the memorable occasion most of her peers are anxiously looking forward to as well. “I’ve got a $200 class fee to pay. The prom is on June 7, the tickets are $75 a piece and I still don’t have my dress,” an exasperated Ronaya said. “Plus there’s $50 for a senior trip and another $55 trip,”she said. “To be honest, I want to go on one or both, but money-wise, it’s time to crack down on the prom. I still have a little over $100 more to pay on my dress, so I don’t have the extra money.” Ronaya’s mother is deceased and she has no relationship with her father. As a result, she shares a home in Southeast with her older sister. But her sister has two young children to care for, so Ronaya has sought employment to help pay for graduation expenses. “There’s just so much my sisThe Washington Informer

ter can do to help me out,” said Ronaya. “Being a graduating senior is fun, but it also takes a lot of hard work – and money.” Today’ high school graduations can put a significant strain on the pocket book. And, in addition to the concerns Ronaya rattled off, buying caps and gowns, yearbooks, class rings and senior photos can also quickly exceed $1,500. Three weeks ago, Paulette Abernathy of Columbia, Md., was trying to figure out how to ensure her son Jason would have a memorable graduation. She said however, that Jason who graduated May 29 from Wilde Lake High School, decided to save money by skipping the prom. “I hated that he chose not to go, but he wanted to put that money, which would have amounted to $600, toward his college expenses,” Abernathy, 38, said. She said that aside from prom expenses, there was a matter of making sure other graduation items were paid for. “It was all about the invitations, his class fees, cap and gown, the senior pictures and things like that,” Abernathy said. “He has a job that enabled him to pay a lot of his own expens-

es, [which] came to [more than] $500. I still want to throw a party for him, because afterall, high school graduation – even if it doesn’t come cheap – is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” A report that was commissioned by Visa revealed recently that sending a graduating senior to the prom costs an average of $1,139. Mable Neville and her daughter Vinsha, agreed, saying that they rounded their bill off to about $1,500. “There’s so much involved,” said Vinsha, 17, who graduates on June 13 from Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Va. “I’ve had to get ready for the prom [which meant] selecting my dress that cost $180, shoes and accessories. I also had to get my prom tickets which cost $55 each, pay $80 for my senior fees, $60 for the yearbook, $80 to $100 for the class trip – and of course, I have to have my hair done,” Vinsha gushed. But Vinsha, who does not work, said she and her mom found a way to skim on other costs like commencement invitations. “We’re being creative,” said

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GRADUATION continued from Page 20 Vinsha, who will join the Army Reserve in the fall. “We’re making our own invitations.” And that makes sense, said Neville, 42 “We’re making about 25 invitations for Vinsha, even though she has tickets [issued by her school] that allow just six people to attend. There’s no need to purchase the graduation package when a limited number of [invitees] for each graduate can attend.” Mother and daughter will also be grappling with the cost of senior photos. “We’re getting the smallest package which costs $500,” said Neville. “When I was graduating high school I got the mid-grade package for which I think I paid $250 – so things have changed a lot.” They’ll be headed to Walmart for Vinsha’s class ring. Neville said Josten’s, the company that supplies rings for high schools across the country, sells the same rings much cheaper. Shopping at Walmart for a class ring and cutting corners elsewhere, will save Vinsha and her mother at least $300 on graduation expenses. As a reflection of the economy, some high schools didn’t order yearbooks this year, said Frank Jones, co-founder of the Calvin Coolidge Senior High School Alumni Association. “To not have a yearbook is unheard of,” said Jones, 58. “When it comes to a student who needs a yearbook, prom gown or tuxedo, they become very important to the people who’ve walked Coolidge’s hallways. However, if we don’t know there’s a problem helping them achieve that, we obviously can’t help to resolve it.” A campaign titled, “Help

a Graduate Walk,” has been launched in D.C. by local entrepreneur “Chef (Furard) Tate,” co-owner of Inspire BBQ and Inspire Development Agency in Northeast. Tate was prompted to help struggling students after learning about the $400 graduation fee at Phelps Senior High School in Northeast. The third-generation Washingtonian recalls the $180 fee he paid years ago when he graduated from Roosevelt Senior High in Northwest, saying his effort raises money to help high school seniors meet the financial requirements to participate in commencement ceremonies. The campaign also raises awareness of the unfair economic burden that commencement fees place on students. Fees for the District’s graduating seniors run between $75 and $400 per student, and Tate said each school has a different policy and fee. But when students can’t afford the expenses, they can be denied the honor of walking on stage in front of family and friends to receive their diplomas, he said. He said that as a result of his campaign, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued a letter on Monday to all high school principals imploring them to waive fees for seniors who needs support covering graduation costs. “People just don’t realize the hardships our young people go through financially when it comes to their academics,” Tate said. “We want every DCPS high school to adopt [a] policy so that no young person has to suffer undue stress during this special time of year,” he said.wi For further information regarding the “Help a Graduate Walk” campaign, call 202-702-3526 or email:

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By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer A tiny mass of fermented dough has led to a lot of “dough” for a Queens, N.Y., student who’s been declared the winner of the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee. In a tense moment during the final round of this year’s event at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort at National Harbor, Md., Arvind Mahankali, correctly spelled “knaidel,” a German word. As a result of his spelling acumen, Arvind who is Indian American, was catapulted to national fame with a $30,000 cash award, championship trophy and a $2,500 U.S. savings bond from Merriam-Webster. He also received $2,000 worth of reference books from Encyclopedia Britannica. “I didn’t know this was really going to happen,” said the calm and collected 13-year-old. “The words were extremely hard. I thought that the German curse had turned into a German blessing,” he said, referencing some of the difficulty he’d encountered with German words during practice sessions. However, when asked what winning the event meant, Arvind jokingly responded that he planned to retire on a good note. “I’ll spend the summer, maybe entire days, studying physics,” he said, flashing a wide grin. Arvind, who was sponsored by The Daily News, was one of 11 students who took to the Maryland Ballroom stage on May 30 in the championship finals. As he and his competitors

sought to control their jitters, Executive Bee Director Paige Kimbale complimented the young spellers. “You know they’re going to go far in life,” she told the audience of more than 1,000 excited spectators. Arvind squared off for the title with runner-up Pranav Sivakumar from Illinois. The nationally-televised spelling bee, which ran from May 28-30, is hailed as a three-day jamboree of words, as well as a fun-filled and adventurous family affair. But during spelling performances, tensions tended to run high as the contestants sat under the glare of bright lights waiting to take center stage. Once they stepped up to the microphone, there was no second chance to get it right. The spellers, who wore blue identification tags around their necks, could ask announcer Jacques Bailly – who won the bee in 1980 – questions such as a word’s origin, its part of speech and if there were alternate pronunciations. But one misspelling, and they were instantly booted out of the game. Most of this year’s entrants were middle school students between the ages of 12 and 14, and 97 were visiting the District of Columbia for the first time. In addition, this year marked the first time since 2008 that a male has won the contest. It’s also the first time a vocabulary component was added to the competition, with officials explaining that it was necessary

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What to Do with Underperforming Students

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray recently announced his proposal to grant Chancellor Kaya Henderson authority to approve applications for new charter schools. The measure, along with others, he believes will attract proven high-performing school operators of charter schools to the D.C. Public School system and that it will provide Henderson with an additional way to turn around low-performing traditional public schools and offer more independence to existing high-performing schools. On Tuesday, D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large), who chairs the Committee on Education, proposed seven new bills focused exclusively on D.C. public schools that he calls a blueprint for the future of public education in the District. The measures include everything from establishing a fair student funding formula and school-based funding authority that rests with principals, to the creation of “Innovation Schools” as a designation for underperforming schools, to expanding student assessments to include third through eighth grade students, to clarifying the roles of the Ombudsmen for Public Education, the Student Advocate and the parent resource centers located across the city. Much of what rests in Catania’s bills is not new, but seeks to reinforce what stakeholders want that worked but needs to be strengthened to improve D.C. public schools. And those stakeholders will continue to be able to weigh-in on Catania’s hefty legislative agenda by presenting testimony when hearings begin or inserting their comments on each bill found on his website. Has Gray given up on traditional public school education? Charters, many educators feel, have created a brain drain by pulling resources away from public schools, which also takes the better performing students away from the public schools, as well. What is left are schools with a disproportionate number of underperforming students with teachers who lack the resources to make any kind of positive academic impression on their lives. While Catania’s bills appear to be aimed at filling that void, no legislation can address a student’s willingness to learn and the importance of a wholistic environment that supports learning. Often underperforming students are a reflection of the environment from which they come, and educators are faced with the daunting task of challenging students and their parents or guardians on such basic issues as attendance, punctuality and being prepared to learn to ensure that they have a better future. Far too many students and their parents just don’t get it and in the end, it will be those students and their parents or guardians who will influence the success of any politicians’ policies to improve the quality of public education and its outcomes.

Donovan Rolle: Our Champion Speller

Donovan Rolle, 13, represented The Washington Informer as the District of Columbia participant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held last week at the National Harbor in Maryland. Donovan’s an outstanding eighth grader who attends Howard University Middle School for Math and Science in Northwest and last week he was Speller Number 35 out of 281 students from around the world. We are proud of every student who has represented the District over the past 31 year’s since the Informer became a sponsor. They all were great spellers and extraordinary students in every way. But, we are especially proud of Donovan whose academic achievements are examples of his hard work and determination. More importantly, Donovan is just a great kid with a kind spirit and a thirst for knowledge. He also has a great mother, attorney Stenise Sanders, who considers it no great sacrifice to support her son in every way. We are also grateful for Donovan’s fans who told us they were rooting for him from their couches all across the region. In the end, Donovan didn’t walk away with the top honors, but we know he did his best. What Washington Informer founder and publisher Dr. Calvin W. Rolark sought to address when he agreed to allow his newspaper to become a sponsor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee 31 years ago, became evident last week. While the competition is diverse in many ways, Donovan was only one of three African-American males to grace the stage as a spelling bee competitor. Rolark hoped that his newspaper would add to the diversity of the bee by promoting spelling in schools where the competition begins and that it would encourage more African-American girls and boys to participate. We are committed to the spelling bee and look forward to seeing who will represent the District next year.

The Power of the Ballot

After reading the article “Opponents of School System Changes Collect Petitions,” by Gale Horton Gay, I just can’t understand why we are so quick to hand over to an individual something revered and so sacred in this country, the right to elect someone with the ballot. And believe me when I say it is only happening in our community where so many of our forefathers died just so we could have that right. Just check out what has happened over the past few years in the District of Columbia – the school board has limited power and the mayor selects its leaders. I am in complete support of the Citizens for an Elected Board and its fight against Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker’s control of the school system. They are absolutely right: It’s too much power, and when a politician has that much power anything can happen, sometimes good, but most of the time bad.

Support Youth Baseball in D.C.

Summertime means baseball and I want to see more baseball stories in the Washington Informer, especially stories about our young people playing this wonderful game. I will give you credit for the photo spread on the Nationals Youth Baseball Clinic in the May 30th issue, but you can do more. There must be countless stories about some of our young, up and coming stars playing on teams around the region that we need to hear about. Who knows, we might have the next Frank Robinson or Willie Mays playing on a 14-and-under team right here in our own community. When young people see themselves in the media for doing positive things it encourages them to continue doing good things. Let’s get behind the Washington Nationals Baseball Team in their attempt to foster this great game throughout the whole area, including Washington D.C.

Michelle Fisher Landover, Md.

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By Julianne Malveaux

In Jobs, we’re in a Race to the Bottom On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study from Amy Traub and her colleagues at Demos, a New York based think tank, that issued a report exposing the many ways that federal contracting often adds to the

burden of the low income, especially those who earn less than $12 an hour, or less than $25,000 a year. If these workers have even one child, they are living at or below the poverty line. As summer looms, we know that children who are in summer programs will be better prepared when they return to school in the fall. Yet those with income limitations will find it difficult to pay fees that range from $50 to $125 a week for summer enrichment programs. This cycle

of disadvantage means that low wages yield more limited opportunities for students who, but for their parental situation, might be exposed to the kind of opportunities that would make them more competitive for college admissions. Their limited wages create a cycle of disadvantage for children. The Obama administration has supported a “Race to the Top” in education, yet job creation suggests that we are running a “Race to the Bottom.” We are underutilizing talent and

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expertise when we sideline so many Americans. Those over 50 who have experienced downsizing have moved into lower paying retail jobs. New college graduates have been pushed back into their parents’ homes, and into low-wage jobs because there is little else available. Too many take unpaid internships to make them more competitive for future jobs, working at night or on weekends in the retail market because these are their scant possibilities. Some economists suggest

that we are in an economic expansion, not a recession, and the 2.5 percent GDP growth last quarter might support that. Still, there has been little trickle down from the top. People take what is offered in salary because they have few choices. The federal government can help or hurt these workers, depending on how they choose to protect them with minimum wage legislation, with regulation on federal contractors, with requirements

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By George E. Curry

Take a Recess from Closing Public Schools Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced plans to close at least 50 schools as a cost-cutting measure. But before any other urban school system follows suit, it should take an extended recess and reflect on what has happened in the past that makes this such a foolish idea. We can start by looking at what has happened in Chicago. A volunteer group called CRE-

ATE –Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education – has produced a briefing paper on past school closings that provides some interesting insight. First, there is the issue of trust. Based on its past performance, there is no reason to trust the Chicago Board of Education’s financial projections. The board approved a budget with a $245 million deficit for the 2010-2011 school year. But instead of a deficit, the board ended up with

a $328 million surplus. There was a similar pattern for the 2011-2012 school year. The board budgeted for a $214 million deficit. Instead, it had a surplus of $328 million. In each year, the board missed its target by $500 million. And what about the students who had to enroll in new schools and students who had to receive them? Bad news on both counts. “A 2009 study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

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(CCSR) found that 82% of the students from 18 elementary schools closed in Chicago moved from one underperforming school to another underperforming school, including schools already on probation,” said CREATE. “In a follow up 2012 report, the CCSR determined that 94% of students from closed Chicago schools did not go to ‘academically strong’ new schools.” It cited another study that found “students who transi-

tioned into new schools following closure scored lower on tests one year after closure; they were at an increased risk of dropping out, as well as an increased risk of not graduating.” The researcher stated, “School closings will also negatively affect the achievements for students in the receiving schools… For one thing, closings often lead to increased class sizes and overcrowding in receiving

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By Raynard Jackson

‘No’ to 2 Moms and 2 Dads Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family–mother, father, and children. There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit. Susie can’t have two moms nor can Jimmy have two dads. Liberals would argue that is not the case and that society must “evolve” with the times we

now live in. Nothing can be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, one need look no further than the words of MSNBC talk show host, Melissa Perry, a radical feminist of irrational proportions. MSNBC has been running a series of promotional ads featuring their various TV hosts. Here is what Perry said in her most recent ad (I am not making this up), “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had a kind of private notion

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of children: Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the households, then we start making better investments.” I want you to re-read carefully what she said. I have quoted her verbatim. I am still in shock that The Washington Informer

anyone with half a brain would make such a radical statement. When asked to defend her comments, Perry said: “”This isn’t about me wanting to take your kids, and this isn’t even about whether children are property. This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good. And that is exactly the fight that we have been having for a couple

hundred years.” I will give anyone a dollar if they can explain to me what she just said. So, please allow me to correct the record on one of Perry’s main premises–”that we have never invested as much in public education as we should have.” According to the latest OECD Education at a Glance Report, the U.S. spends more on education per student than every other country in the world. So, her very premise is based on a lie,

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Guest Columnist

By Harry C. Alford

The EPA’s ‘Sue and Settle’ Scam Brennan while he was at the White House (now Director of the CIA) ordered intelligence sources to dig up “dirt” on any news reporter who says anything unflattering about President Obama. It appears to be an administration drunk on power and going wild – damn the Constitution. Now comes the Environmental Protection Agency. When an agency makes a rule change, it is supposed to first announce the proposed rule change in the Federal Register. They must allow at

These are very wild times here in Washington, D.C. We are four big scandals going on that could threaten the entire Obama administration. The biggest appears to be the IRS scandal. Next is the Benghazi cover up. The spying on the Associated Press and Fox News by the Department of Justice is a direct attack on the 1st Amendment. Lately, there is a report that John

least 60 days for the public to make comments, for or against, the rule change. A rule change is an updated interpretation of a present law. If the comments are overwhelmingly against the change, Congress and the agency must consider retreating or altering the change. The current administration at the EPA has gone buck wild on rule changes without going through the proper process. Why and how are they doing this? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce assembled a task force to

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find out what exactly was going on with this madness. What they uncovered was a conspiracy to avoid transparency obligations when performing rule changes. The EPA and a pack of extreme environmental organizations developed a “scam.” One of the organizations would file a lawsuit against the EPA demanding rule changes in current laws. Then the EPA would quickly settle the suit without a legal battle. They would comply with all of the demands. Upon request, the court would enter the settlement as a

consent decree and make it law. They started doing this in 2009 and have repeated the “scam” more than 100 times. That is 100-plus lawsuits the EPA has voluntarily lost. This practice has been given the name “Sue and Settle.” It has cost the U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. What is worse is that the EPA also volunteers to pay the legal fees and court costs of the suing environmental group. That’s also your money. There was one

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Putting the IRS ‘Scandal’ into Perspective to convey a message that was not hers at all. The IRS “scandal” is another case in point. The first bits of information to which we were exposed were aimed at leading us to believe that the IRS was attacking conservative groups. President Obama acted with outrage saying that such an alleged attack was inexcusable. But then, as each day has passed, additional information rises to the surface and the “scandal” becomes a bit more complicated. First and foremost, it now appears that the

Like too many events since the beginning of the Obama presidency, various attacks on the administration by the Republicans end up being about less than what they at first seemed, though the hoopla that accompanies the initial charges is frequently deafening. Think about the attack on ACORN through a disingenuously edited video tape or the later attack on Shirley Sherrod, selectively using words from a speech of hers in order

IRS did not target conservative groups alone. In fact, the conservative/Tea Party groups that were under scrutiny were only one third of the groups that were being challenged. Other groups that were exposed to the same sorts of challenges included liberal and progressive organizations as well as a few organizations that were, apparently, not political at all. To the extent to which the conservative groups were being observed at all, it probably can be directly connected to the sud-


den rise of the Tea Party formations and their obvious political agenda. While there are serious questions that need to be asked of the IRS regarding their methodology, there appears to be little evidence of the sort of anti-conservative witch-hunt that rightwing pundits suggest is underway. Those ultra-conservatives who are attempting to make the IRS “scandal” out to be something akin to Watergate have actually lost touch with both history and reality.

What may be more important in the midst of this “scandal” is the hypocrisy of those Republicans who are sounding the fire alarm. The NAACP’s former Board Chairman, Julian Bond, made this precise point. It was only a few years ago—under the George W. Bush administration—that the NAACP found itself under the gun with the IRS. Yet where were these Republican lovers of freedom? I remember very little coming from their side

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By Askia Muhammad

Before ‘Being Gay’ Was a Movement I used to be gay. In fact, I’ve been gay many times. Of course, I’m referring to the definition of “gay” in my Funk & Wagnalls Practical Standard Dictionary, published in 1935. Back then, gay meant: “Filled with or inspiring mirth; merry…” So I’ve been filled with mirth on many occasions, but I would never now say that I’m “gay” when I mean I’m in a

ry mood. Today, being gay has a meaning which is attached to one’s sexual preference that is a “gay person” is someone who prefers having sex with a partner who’s of the same gender. That’s TMI – too much information for me. To be honest, I’m not interested in knowing the sexual preferences of people I meet, since nothing I have to do with them has or will have anything to do with having sex. There was an episode on the television sitcom “Seinfeld,”

in which the character Kramer obtained a vanity license plate with the word “ASSMAN” on it. The story line dealt with the various propositions Kramer reported receiving, mostly as I recall, from women. Well, suppose someone was to announce himself as being a “LEGMAN,” or a “BREASTMAN,” that person would be considered extremely crude and ill-mannered. So, what’s the difference when a man announces that he likes to have sex with other men, or when a woman says she prefers

having sex with other women? You see what I mean? That’s way too far into anyone’s private life than I ever want to go. But this whole “gay thing” has turned everything on its head. For example, the president of the most powerful nation on the planet made a personal telephone call to a second or thirdstring player, on a mediocre NBA team to congratulate the player for announcing that he prefers having sex with men … not a champion, not an All-Star, but a bench warmer on a team

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which hasn’t made the playoffs in more than a decade. Duh? What’s the big deal? Meanwhile, the president of a war-torn African country is poised to sign legislation which will make anyone involved in same-sex marriage subject to as many as 14 years in prison? Huh? If marriage is governed by the laws of that country in the first place, how could any samesex couple even be able to “get married” if “getting married”

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Langston Golf Course Celebrates Its Heritage

Historic African-American Facility Inducted into Black Golf Hall of Fame /Photo courtesy of Golf Course Specialists, Inc.

By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer For many, like Ray Savoy, who regularly tees off at the historic Langston Golf Course in Northeast, the 74-year-old sports cathedral is a home away from home. ESPN recently noted that the famed course is the only one in Washington, D.C., where you can still get breakfast at 6 p.m.

More importantly, Langston has been both a playground and a meeting ground for generations of African-American golfers. “I play twice, maybe three times a week and what never gets lost in everything that goes on here is this golf course’s tremendous importance in the area and to all of golf,” said Savoy, 68, a Greenbelt, Md., resident and the founder of the Langston Junior Boys and Girls Golf Club.

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This Saturday, course officials will host a Langston Heritage celebration. The June 8 event is an historic, educational, community and family-focused day honoring Langston Golf Course and the Wake-Robin Golf Club for its recent induction into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame in Decatur, Ga. The induction has inspired a more expansive vision to recognize the heritage of Langston The Washington Informer

Golf Course, the groups who rallied for its creation in 1939, and its supporters’ dream in helping it maintain a foothold in the community, said Louis Tate, a Professional Golf Association (PGA) member and Langston’s general manager. “Langston was commissioned to be built by the Department of Interior in 1938 to accommodate African-American golfers in the District of Columbia

who could not play on any of the area golf courses because of the ‘whites only’ laws of that time,” said Tate, who lives in Northeast. Not readily apparent in history is the large number of blacks of that era who were avid golfers, Tate said. “When Langston opened its doors in 1939, the list of African-American celebrities from the music, sports, government and golf world made it very apparent that golf was very much a part of the African-American culture,” he said. An African American renaissance in golf began based on the creation of Langston, which essentially became the Mecca for black golfers. World Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, famed Big Band leader Billy Eckstein, singers Dionne Warrick and Lena Horne and Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays counted among the famous to patronize Langston. Former President Gerald Ford, entertainer Bob Hope, and PGA champion Lee Trevino are among the notable non-African Americans who have played 18-holes at the fabled course. “When I’m not traveling, I go there pretty much every day to meet and talk to my friends,” Herman Boone, the pioneering football coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., said in an interview in February. See LANGSTON on Page 27


Ron McPherson enjoys a round of golf on Sunday, June 2 at Langston Golf Course in Northeast. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah Golf instructor Ray Savoy stands in front of the Langston Golf Course clubhouse in Northeast on Saturday, June 2. This Saturday, course officials will host a Langston Heritage celebration. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

LANGSTON continued from Page 26 “I can’t think of any place I’d rather be,” said Boone, 77, who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie, “Remember the Titans.” Northwest resident and golfer Luke Watson is also a regular at Langston and his review of the course on his “hot dogs and golf ” blog echoes the thoughts of many who have had teetimes there. “The first hole, a 472-yard par 5, is a perfect hand shake to start your round. The course quickly offers its challenges,” Watson said. “Hole 4 is a treacherous par 3 that requires excellent distance control. Too far requires a precise chipping game, and too short may leave you in a valley 30 feet below the green.” The next contest is the wideopen, grip it and rip it, number 6, Watson noted. From the tee, the hole is pretty straightforward but the approach to this massive green requires careful club selection. “Coming in, the designers have put together a masterpiece,” Watson said. “The opening hole on the back is pure bliss. At 538 yards, the par 5, 10th hole is not overly long, giving the mounds on the right and the prevailing slope toward Kingman Lake on the left, a

cent drive can leave you in significant trouble.” Langston is much more than a golf course to the black community, said Paulette Savoy, 2nd vice president of the Wake-Robin Golf Club in Lanham, Md., the oldest African-American women’s golf club in the country. “It’s a course built only because black golfers got together and met with government officials, held rallies, wrote letters, sent petitions to make Langston a reality for black golfers,” said Savoy, 68. Langston is also the only course the federal government built specifically for African Americans. It was named after John Mercer Langston, an abolitionist, attorney, activist, politician and the first dean of Howard University’s Law School. Langston, who lived from 1829 to 1897, also served as president of Virginia State University and served as the first representative of color to be elected to the United States Congress from Virginia. “For decades Langston was the center of black golf in the city. Even though the Royal and Wake-Robin Golf clubs started petitioning back in 1938 to desegregate the public courses in Washington, D.C., this was not done until 1955,” Paulette Savoy said.

tion of a new clubhouse with banquet facilities and the development of a museum. “Many of us are determined to do what we can to upgrade the facilities at Langston,” Paulette Savoy said. “After all, it has been designated an historic landmark and it should be treated accordingly.” The June 8 celebration will feature a numJohn Mercer Langston. /Photo courtesy of Golf ber of champiCourse Specialists, Inc. on golfers, who will share their remembrances about the stoLangston is bordered on the ried course. Lee Elder, the first north by the National ArboreAfrican American to play in the tum as well as schools, housing Masters, Calvin Peete, the most and residential streets, which can be seen from the west side successful black golfer on the PGA tour during the pre-Tiger of the course. Woods era, and Charlie Owens, To the east lies the Anacostia a two-time PGA tour winner, River and the course surrounds are among those scheduled to parts of Kingman Lake, on the attend. grounds of the golf course. A large and emotional gatherPlay traverses the water on ing is expected for the Heritage the back nine holes. The length celebration where golfers are of the course is 6,652 yards and sure to reminisce about 5-putt much of its historical layout has bogeys, game-changing birdies, been preserved. rare eagles and the once-in-aTate said plans are in the lifetime hole-in-one. works to refurbish the course, a “I’m sure there will be a transformation that will include whole lot of memories about upgrading it to championship Langston that will be shared on Saturday,” said Jim Jenkins, quality, including the construcThe Washington Informer

a course regular for 44 years. “Langston really became a stopin place for African-American celebrities and recently, (former World No. 1 golfer) Vijay Singh was there. I remember walking 18 holes with Gary Player and it was an experience that opened my eyes and one I will never forget,” said Jenkins, who lives in Bethesda, Md. Player, a nine-time major champion, hails from South Africa and Jenkins said the initial meeting between the men was uneasy. “Growing up in the civil rights era, I was skeptical of Player because he is a South African,” Jenkins said. “But, he totally changed my view of things because he was such a great guy and we had a lot of fun. This is what the Heritage celebration is about and these are some of the great memories that will be shared.” The Heritage Golf Tournament is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 a.m., and guests are invited to participate in interactive golf activities, including a beat the pro contest. Additionally, 10-minute lessons will be offered along with hole-in-one contests, and a demonstration of the latest golf products, compliments of Nike. The event is free and open to the public, but there is a $35 sign-up fee for those who would like to participate in the golf tournament.wi For more information about the heritage celebration, visit www.

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Celebrating Black Music Month

INFORMER MUSIC NOTES DENISE W. BARNES, EDITOR Favorite Local Performer: Marvin Gaye Best Live Performer Ever: Chaka Khan Most Prolific Recording: The Spinners Pick of the Litter Top Five in Heavy Rotation on iPod: Sade – Lover’s Rock Nancy Wilson – Anthology Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love The Thomas Crown Affair Soundtrack Amy Winehouse – Back to Black


SHANTELLA SHERMAN, ASSISTANT EDITOR Favorite Local Performer: Reesa Renee Best Live Performance Ever: Tina Turner: Wildest Dreams Most Prolific Recording: Stevie Wonder: Musicquarium / Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet Top Five in Heavy Rotation on iPod: Marvin Winans – Alone, But Not Alone Nancy Wilson - Anthology Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events Labrinth – Electronic Earth Amandla! Soundtrack

Whether it’s behind the scenes, in the scenes or never before seen, the stories of the African-American experience have enriched all of our lives. SHEVRY LASSITER, PHOTOGRAPHER Favorite Local Performer: Da Mixx Band Best Live Performance Ever: Charlie Wilson Most Prolific Recording: Luther Vandross - At Christmas Time Top Five in Heavy Rotation on iPod: Israel Houghton - When God is In It There’s No Limit Shirley Ceasar - God Will Make A Way Chrisette Michele - A Couple of Forevers Bishop Paul Morton - Your Best Days Yet Marvin Gaye - Got To Give it Up

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network recently capped off a five-city press tour for their new scripted Tyler Perry series “The Haves and the Have Nots” (THATHN) and “Love Thy Neighbor” (LTN) with a festive preview party in New York City. Dream Hotel Downtown pulled out all of the stops and offered pressand fans a glimpse of the much-anticipated shows. On hand to represent the cast from THATHN were Tika Sumpter, John Schneider, Crystal Fox, Renee Lawless, Jaclyn Betham and Angela Robinson. Attending for the LTN cast were Patrice Lovely, Palmer Williams and Zulay Henao. Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” premiered Tues, May 28 at 9pm ET/PT; “Love Thy Neighbor” premiered Wed., May 29 at 9pm ET/PT – both exclusively on OWN! / Photo by Stephen Knight.

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he Haves and the Have Nots is a new television drama from the prolific writer, director and producer Tyler Perry. The show follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Georgia, mansion. From the outside, the Cryers are the enviable face of success and wealth, but behind the veil, the family’s dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch Jim Cryer (John Schneider) is a powerful judge whose double life, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk. His wife, Katheryn Cryer (Renée Lawless), is the ultimate matriarch, portraying a loving and dutiful wife, but she is willing to do anything to protect her family’s status. Their son, Wyatt (Aaron O’Connell), is a troubled, angry jock who cares little for his own image and finds himself in and out of rehab. His sister, Amanda (Jacyln Betham), a struggling law student, tries harder to live up to her parents’ expectations but unknowingly has befriended a scurrilous young woman, Candace Young, with the power to ruin the entire family. Other characters in the series

clude the Cryers’ chef Celine (Eva Tamargo), their wealthy friends Veronica (Angela Robinson) and David Harrington (Peter Parros), and Wyatt Cryer’s rehabilitation counselor, Jeffery Harrington (Gavin Houston). Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor, is a wonderfully fresh show about a middle class family, and their daily joys, struggles, triumphs and fumbles. Hattie Mae Love lives in the simple home that she and one of her husbands bought some time ago. Linda, her daughter, splits her time between Hattie’s home, and the apartment she sometimes shares with her on-again, off-again husband Lionel. Danny, Linda’s son, is his mother’s pride and joy. He is young, handsome, smart and looking for a job. After graduating from college, Danny finds himself on his grandmother Hattie Mae’s sofa. Floyd, the uncle, through his late brother’s marriage to Hattie Mae, is an ever-present thorn in the family’s side. Like old luggage, they can never seem to get rid of him. In the first season of this comic tale, Hattie Mae has had enough of grown people living in her house. She puts her foot down and shows the toughest love there is by sending Linda and Danny to the door. Danny moves in with his friend Sam, and Linda eventually helps out down at Hattie Mae’s Love Train Diner. wi The Washington Informer

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$29.95 / $30.50 Canada          284 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer When you become a parent, much is expected of you. Of course, you’re expected to feed and clothe your child, to provide shelter and comfort, toys and encouragement. Society expects you to teach morals, kindness, and compassion, and to send your kids to school to learn more. And heck, even the president of the United States expects you to stick around, if you’re the baby’s father. But is parenting really that easy?  What makes a good Dad?  Find out in the new book “Doing the Best I Can” by Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson. News stories, even commencement speeches are filled with this advice: young black men must make better “choices” in particular, they’re urged to accept responsibility and raise the children they father. Unwillingness to do so, the authors say, is “denounced as one of the leading social problems of our day.” But what’s the truth about inner-city fatherhood? In search of an answer, Edin and Nelson literally moved to Camden, N.J., to spend time with 110 men there and in Philadelphia. They wanted to know the experiences of those men – black, white, and Latino – all, unwed fathers. The first surprise the authors learned was that forming a couple was, for many men, a casual near-accident. Relationships “just happened,” as did many pregnancies – which often “happened” relatively quickly in the union – though the authors did note that some pregnancies seemed “semi-planned.” Pundits might indicate otherwise, but the fathers showed a

“surprising desire to parent their kids.” Most of those interviewed were excited about their “own” babies; in fact, the authors found that when it comes to the mother of his child, “it is the baby, and not her, whom [the father] is really attached to.” And yet, ultimately, decisions on birth control and financial and dayto-day costs of raising the child were left to the mother, though the men did their best with limited resources (both monetary and physical). And each man was explicit when describing a “good father,” often citing behavior that was directly opposite that which he received from his own Dad… Without a doubt, “Doing the Best I Can” is one intriguing book. Through their research, authors Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson may irritate some readers and sadden others – but I found encouragement mixed with a strong call to action within these pages. This book doesn’t confirm a lot of old beliefs; instead, it turns them around with a lot of hopeful understanding and compassion and a good (though reserved) amount of seemingly-implied disapproval against “stupid” behavior. Another thing that makes this book a must-read is that it includes a very big warning for young, inner-city white, black, and Latino women – a warning that could be a major game-changer. This isn’t a casual, weekend kind of read; it’s a bit on the clinical side but should appeal to academics, professionals, and anyone with a stake in the future. If that’s you, and you need a good eye-opener, “Doing the Best I Can” is a book I expect you’ll like.wi


Infiniti Shakes Up the Status Quo gas mileage than the Acura. The JX35 fills the gap between the five-seat FX and the king-sized QX. Priced at just above $41,000 ($54,800 as tested), the JX emphasizes space, practicality and economy (18 mpg city, 23-24 mpg highway) and may be the right vehicle at the right time since the Nissan-owned luxury nameplate has been losing a steady stream of buyers who needed something bigger than the 5-seat FX, but didn’t want a behemoth like the boat-towing QX56. Nissan executive say they have purposefully designed the JX35 to appeal to families with children – the type who may need a mini-van but would rather have something much cooler. Available in front or all-wheel-drive format, the 7-passenger JX35 is a bold alternative to the many flavors of passenger haulers currently dominating the luxury market. Just as you would expect in a mini-van, the JX35 is huge inside, including its rearmost row of seats, which can handle adults comfortably and is accessed via a clever new seat-tilt design that allows child seats strapped in the second row to remain in place. With rich leather upholstery and a beautifully finished cabin, the Infiniti offers one of the most comfortable in-

By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer You might have noticed a recent development in American’s ongoing infatuation with SUVs – that the car-based crossover is gradually taking over the market for everyday use utility vehicles. While old-school truck-based SUVs are still the default choice for towing and rugged off-road adventure, the car-based crossover is winning American buyers with its carlike comfort and fuel economy. Buyers expecting a combination of seven passenger space, world class comfort and modern technology have transformed standouts such as the Acura MDX and Audi Q7 to category sales leaders. The MDX, our class favorite, excels with its array of high-tech electronic features, solid performance from its 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 and meticulous quality of its interior. Mix in Acura’s reputation for unbeatable reliability and resale value and you will see why competitors such as the recently introduced Infiniti JX35 have a lot to prove. The JX35 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, rated at 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. That’s a relatively modest output compared to the MDX, however, it gives better

Infiniti’s JX35 crossover is the better-endowed sibling of the Nissan Pathfinder with which it shares the basic underpinnings. /Photo courtesy of Nissan USA

teriors in the class. It also offers a poised highway ride and a hushed interior. Infiniti has been a leader in socalled driver assist features aimed at compensating for inattention on the part of the driver and unexpected antics on the part of other drivers. I loved the many electronic features installed in this vehicle including the Around-View Monitor, a 360-degree exterior camera, and its unique Back-Up Collision Intervention system, which can bring the SUV to a halt if it senses an obstacle in its path while reversing. Similar to a forward-working system on Volvo models, the In-

finiti version will detect objects behind the car and even objects approaching from the sides. Designed to work at low speeds, like when you’re creeping out of your driveway or a mall parking space, audible warning beeps as well as visual cues on the back-up camera will alert the driver to brake. As parent of a teenage driver, I was quite thrilled to see an innovation which allows parents to monitor young drivers’ vehicle usage. Infiniti Connection will send a notification via text, e-mail or

phone if a pre-set boundary has been crossed or the speed limit is exceeded. In addition, owners can route road trips with a Journey Planner and personalize news, sports and stock reports via Mobile Information Services. If you live in the suburbs and haul kids daily, the JX35 should be on your list of vehicles to test first before buying that pricey mini-van. Also if you use a van on longer commutes, driving in stop-and-go traffic every day, I would recommend at least a test drive. wi


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ARIES You are often superb at exercising good judgment and rational decision-making. Yet sometimes you are rash. Flip to the observant side of your mentality this week. You will soon find yourself in a situation where there will be strife if you are not careful. Soul Affirmation: A cheerful soul should be wrapped in a cheerful package. Lucky Numbers: 18, 36, 44 TAURUS Just to prove to yourself once again how lucky you are you should fly into the face of bad predictions. Gamble this week in business, relationships, love -something. Remain truly confident that things will come out in a way that will satisfy you. Soul Affirmation: Change is my middle name. Lucky Numbers: 4, 28, 37 GEMINI Move through your social environments and festive occasions this week without stopping even for a little while to listen to rumors. Rumors are often untrue. And for goodness sake believe only good things about friends and your lover. Soul Affirmation: I keep my eyes open for business opportunities this week. Lucky Numbers: 15, 30, 45

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CANCER Keep focused. Your energies are likely to be spread out this week. Your attention is likely to be pulled in many directions. Let yourself be seduced by the things that interest you most. Concentrate on your affairs. Others need you, but they can wait. Soul Affirmation: I find a source of strength in someone I love. Lucky Numbers: 7, 11, 21 LEO Being stubborn won’t get the job done. Work with others so they can work for you. Your ideas are not always the best ideas, so don’t push them too hard this week. You might find yourself in an awkward position with no allies. Give in to your emotional needs and don’t be afraid to let you guard down. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let my spirit take control. Lucky Numbers: 20, 42, 54 VIRGO This week will bring a tendency to dwell on a past betrayal. Your feelings of suspicion are well founded. However, do not personalize it. Work against the harmful act but not against the person who committed it. Soul Affirmation: I am what I consistently do. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 23 LIBRA Look forward to excellent financial news based on something you’re likely to do this week. Wow! It’s about time. This week might be an excellent week to window shop for a dream vacation or luxury purchase. You can even window shop in your imagination for the best possible dream vacation location! Soul Affirmation: Smooth communications is the key to my success this week. Lucky Numbers: 8, 18, 44 SCORPIO In the spiritual realm appearance is not important but in the physical realm looking good matters a great deal. Love has a foot in both realms. It is your challenge to balance the spiritual and physical aspects of love this week. Soul Affirmation: Slow and steady is an enjoyable way to go. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 13 SAGITTARIUS Stand up and get ready. Be a public speaker this week. Any subject you choose is ripe for your “rap.” Spin the tale. Tell the story. People will be fascinated by the way you see things. They’ll be impressed. Watch out for a jealous friend when attention is on you! Soul Affirmation: I make the first step and the universe will come to my aid. Lucky Numbers: 24, 32, 53 CAPRICORN Be as sharp as you can be this week. Make being alert a personal challenge. Watch carefully for details that might otherwise escape your notice as you search for the best way to get things done at work. Be steadfast in your determination and don’t be pulled into conflict with coworkers. Soul Affirmation: There are other fish in the sea waiting for me. Lucky Numbers: 12, 23, 27

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AQUARIUS What do you do when you’re not as lucky as usual? Slow the game down. Risk less. Bet conservatively in all areas of your life. Restrain yourself. Give the job at hand your attention. Live in the present and enjoy what is rather than in anticipation of what luck might have brought. Soul Affirmation: Truth is revealed in the smallest grain of sand. Lucky Numbers: 27, 41, 52 PISCES Like-mindedness is going to be hard to achieve among your coworkers, but there are likely to be a few who see things as you do. Choose carefully and find someone to walk with you on this week’s journey. Some words of encouragement might be needed to enlist the person you choose. Soul Affirmation: My needs will be met if I just ask. Lucky Numbers: 2, 9, 14

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Spingarn Celebrates Last Prom Historic School Set to Close this Month By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Like the best of parties, high school proms are a celebration of change, of endings and of new beginnings. For Jacente Russell, a 17-yearold soon-to-be graduate of Spingarn Senior High School in Northeast, it is also about the dress. “It’s a David’s Bridal made dress,” Jacente said proudly. “It’s black and sleek with diamonds and pearls [on the bodice].” It’s a dress that retails between $120 and $550, but Jacente lucked out. She received the luxurious gown free at Operation Pretty and Polished. Organizers and sponsors of the annual event, hosted by WPGC-FM (95.5), a CBS-owned radio station, provide attire to students to help ease the financial burdens of preparing for the prom. This year, Operation Pretty and Polished served 300 students in April, who received assistance The Washington Informer

from celebrity shoppers in selecting their gowns and tuxedos. “It is always a highlight not just for the students but for us, too,” said Justine Love of WPGC. “The support we get for this is incredible and it’s very much worth it when you see the smiles on the faces of those young women and men who are able to get clothing to wear to the prom that they may otherwise have not been able to,” she said. The free event is open to all high school seniors in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and more than 1,000 students have been glammed up by Operation Pretty and Polished during the five years the program has been in existence, Love said. During the pre-prom event, students also are afforded the chance to discuss their hopes, dreams and aspirations as they move toward achieving their career goals. “I plan to attend the University of Virginia and study for a career in criminal justice,” Jacente said. “I want to be a crime scene in-

vestigator because I like science and I like being hands-on and finding out why and how things happen and how they work.” For Jacente and others at the storied Spingarn Senior High School, which closes as a traditional school at the end of this month, the final prom – which was held June 1 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Northwest – was bittersweet and segued into what is sure to be an emotional month of goodbyes. “It is kind of sad that this is the last prom and the last graduation at Spingarn,” said Jacente’s mother, Franswello Russell. “I’m proud that my daughter made it through and I’m proud to say that she is a Spingarn graduate.” Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson previously announced the closing of 15 District public schools, including Spingarn – the only high school on the list. “While there have been strong reactions from the community to school closures, our top priority is to do what’s best for students,”

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Jacente Russell receives a wrist corsage from her date, Knico Wheaton on Saturday, June 1. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

PROM continued from Page34 Henderson said in a statement released in January. “We heard from people across the city that have never reached out or offered feedback before. People spoke up at meetings, they sent emails, they called, and we made sure to track everything they said.” Established in 1952, the school was named after Joel Elias Spingarn, an educator and literary critic who established the Spingarn

medal which is awarded each year to African Americans for outstanding achievement. By the close of 1954, segregation had ended but, Spingarn’s population remained exclusively African American. Over the course of its 61 year history, the school has seen such notables attend as, National Basketball Association legends Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing, and John Kinard, the founding director of the Anacostia Museum in Southeast. “This is a very sad time,” said

Margarette Wallace Pope, a 1959 graduate of Spingarn and a member of the Spingarn Senior High Alumni Association in Northeast. “When I attended Spingarn, it was like being around family all of the time,” said Pope, 71. “You were there to learn and we received a quality education. We

were prepared well for college and we also knew what to expect when we got to college.” After Pope graduated, she went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Southwest, where she retired after nearly 38 years. “This is going to be emotional, but the Alumni Association is going to remain involved because the school is supposed to reopen at some point, just not as a Senior High School,” said Pope, who lives in Temple Hills, Md. In December, the D.C. Historic Preservation Office in Southwest recommended designating the Spingarn property as an historic site. The recommendation followed a request filed by the Kingman Park Civic Association, which stated that the building and campus should join neighboring Langston Golf Course and Langston Terrace Dwellings in gaining the protections afforded by the status. Preservation office officials agreed with the recommendation, noting that the school’s role in

educating African-American students during a period when D.C. schools were segregated deserved historic designation. “I think it’s like a piece of our history that is gone and I don’t think it will ever come back,” Pope said. After the decision to close Spingarn was announced, students and faculty began to plan “a prom to remember,” Jacente said, noting that an extravagant event is a surefire way of lifting spirits. “Everybody [looked] forward to the prom even more than graduation,” Jacente said. “I [liked] the idea of getting together as schoolmates one last time and celebrating,” she said. Russell said she didn’t mind paying for her daughter to get her nails and hair done because they were able to save a lot of money not having to pay for the dress. “I am just thankful for Operation Pretty and Polished,” she said.wi

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Nationals Defeat Baltimore 9-3

Nate Karns made his major league debut on May 28 in the second home game of the four game “Battle of the Beltway” baseball series as the Nationals defeated Baltimore 9-3 at Nationals Park in Southeast. “I thought the kid pitched great,” Washington manager Davey Johnson said. “He should be proud of what he did.” Karns pitched before a crowd of 35,644 – that included his parents, David and Tambra, who flew in from Dallas, Texas. “My mom was probably an emotional wreck,” Karns said. “She made a lot of sacrifices for me to get here. I’m glad I could reward her with my debut.”/Photo by John E. De Freitas

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is late collecting the baseball as Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond reaches home safely under the watchful eyes of first base umpire Ron Kulpa on May 28 at Nationals Park in Southeast. The Nationals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 9-3. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis gets a high five from incoming teammate and catcher Matt Wieters after Davis hit a home run on May 28 at Nationals Park in Southeast. The Nationals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 9-3. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Mystics Lose Home Opener to Atlanta Dream 73-63

Mystics guard Ivory Latta drives past former Mystics and current Atlanta guard Jasmine Thomas on Sunday, June 2 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Latta finished the game with 14 points and 7 assists. Atlanta defeated Washington 73-63. /Photo courtesy of Robert Eubanks Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne grabs a rebound in the team’s home opener loss to the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, June 2 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Atlanta defeated Washington 73-63. /Photo courtesy of Robert Eubanks

Mystics players Taylor Hill and Kia Vaughn attempt to defend Atlanta forward Erika DeSouzo in the Mystics home opener at the Verizon Center in Northwest on Sunday, June 2. Atlanta defeated Washington 73-63. /Photo courtesy of Robert Eubanks

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Arvind Mahankali was declared the winner of the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 30. The event was held at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort at National Harbor, Md. /Photo by Roy Lewis

SCRIPPS continued from Page 22 after they realized a significant number of students who had previously participated, had no idea what many of the words meant that they were spelling. When the event kicked off on May 28, 281 competitors – including those from countries that included American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Jamaica and China – had hoped to take home the grand prize. Donovan Rolle, 13, counted among the group who aspired to hoist the shiny, gold trophy high in the air. He was the only speller to represent the District in the bee. Donovan made it through to the third round before being stumped by the written vocabulary test. Prior to learning he would not move forward with 42 other competitors to the finals, Donovan – an eighth-grader who attends Howard University Middle School for Math and Science in Northwest, successfully spelled “bacciferous,” which means “bearing berries.” “I felt good about having advanced [that] far,” said Donovan, whose presence in the globally– watched competition was sponsored by The Washington Informer. “I prepared myself for the Scripps bee and did pretty well.”wi The Washington Informer

Donovan Rolle, 13, an eighth grader who attends Howard University Middle School for Math and Science in Northwest, was the only speller to represent the District in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. /Photo courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Your Body is a Temple

Twelfth Street Christian Church

Take Control of Your Mind, Body & Spirit

a deep breath. Over time this will become a healthy habit. Install a shower filter – chlorine is a poison. You don’t want to inhale it or absorb it through your skin while showering. Ground yourself – Literally. Plant your bare feet on the earth as often as possible, we all need to reconnect to our maker. Eat organic – chemicals are killing pests on the crops. They aren’t good for you either. Do more yoga – great for the body and mind. Spend more time with loved ones – in our busy lives we need to make time for the people who matter to us most. Live your passion – do more of what you love. Drink clean water – get a filtration system for your drinking water. Fluoride is not good for your body. Get outdoors more – go for a hike and enjoy nature. Eat plenty of greens – dark leafy greens are rich in vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll. They help alkalize the body. Meditate – set some time aside each day to rest your mind. A growing body of research indicates that meditation is good for our health. Remember, a healthy mind, body and spirit will change your overall health and outlook on life. Let’s take a look at what research proves regarding this subject. Here are some of the many beneficial effects that scientists have identified in various studies: You’ll have a stronger immune system if you practice meditation. People who meditate experienced fewer winter colds and flu (Barrett et al. 2012) and

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know about the upcoming health fair that will be sponsored by my church, All Nations Baptist Church to help everyone get a better grip! It’s time each of us regains control of our minds, bodies and spirits. Join us, for workshops which will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. The health fair will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Various health organizations plan to attend, including a new agency, United Health Care; I’m delighted they’re coming. Once, I informed readers that I had been diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year, and was fortunate enough to have obtained health insurance, I chose United Health Care. This isn’t an endorsement; it’s just the choice that worked for me. So praise God that they intend to attend the health fair. This week, let us continue our discussion on the good that can and will come, when we treat our bodies like temples. That’s what the Bible tells us to do. If we don’t treat our bodies like temples, we’re going to pay a steep price at some point. Here’s a list of 15 simple things to consider, and if incorporated into your healthy regiment for living, will help to balance your mind, body, and spirit. Exercise – find a routine that you enjoy and start doing it on a regular basis. Be grateful – stop to think about the things you have going for you and appreciate them. Get plenty of sleep – rest is regenerative. Whenever you think about it, stop and take

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with Lyndia Grant produced more antibodies in response to a flu vaccine (Davidson et al. 2003) than those who did not meditate. Lower blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease: Transcendental meditation lowered blood pressure among African Americans with heart disease and was associated with a 43percent reduction in risk of death, heart attack and stroke (Schneider et al. 2009). Lower blood sugar: Patients with metabolic syndrome lowered blood pressure and blood sugar and improved insulin regulation after practicing transcendental meditation for 16 weeks (Paul-Labrador et al. 2006).wi Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host, on a Radio One Network, WYCB 1340 AM; listen Fridays at 6 p.m. Call 202-518-3192; send emails to

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african methodist episcopal

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Rev. James Manion Supply Priest Foggy Bottom • Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW • Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 • Fax : 202-338-4958 Worship Services Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist 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: 10:00 am 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: 9:00 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

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Church of Living Waters

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

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

“We are one in the Spirit” e-mail:

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”

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

“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.


Mount Moriah Baptist Church

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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)

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

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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:

Salem 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. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer 625 Park Rd, NW • WDC 20010 P: 202 291-5711 • F: 202 291-5666 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 “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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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 444

Administration No. 2013 ADM 500

Peter Christian Brown Decedent

Marva D. Thomas Decedent

Angela V. Henderson 1629 K Street NW, #300 Washington, DC 20008 Attorney

Johnny M. Howard, Houston & Howard 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Asa Brown, Tyler Brown, Bristol Brown, whose addresses are 40 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Peter Christian Brown, who died on March 10, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 23, 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 November 23, 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: May 23, 2013 Asa Brown Tyler Brown Bristol Brown Personal Representative

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Date of first publication: June 6, 2013 Lydia Mallett Personal Representative



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 449

Administration No. 2013 ADM 477

Tanena R. Pearson Decedent

Irma C. Lashley aka Irma Clarice Lashley Decedent

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney

James Larry Frazier, Esquire 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney



Valita J. Shepperd, whose address is 1414 Columbia Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Tanena R. Pearson, who died on September 1, 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 30, 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 November 30, 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.

Saran A. Lashley, whose address is 408 Davis Drive, Desoto, TX 75115, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Irma C. Lashley aka Irma Clarice Lashley, who died on July 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 30, 2013

Date of first publication: May 30, 2013

Valita J. Shepperd Personal Representative

Saran A. Lashley Personal Representative



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morally, it is definitely abuse and I am amazed that even liberals of goodwill have not criticized her for such abuse. I challenge Perry to describe to the American people what her world looks like if our kids belong to whole communities. Is she ok with me teaching her 14-year-old daughter, Parker, that homosexuality is wrong? Whose values should be taught to these kids? So, is it ok for Ball’s 5- year-old to begin experimenting with kissing boys and girls or touching her classmates in intimate places? I see what the problem is. You are having an adult conversation with a 5-year- old, so she may as well enjoy the fruits of being an adult. Why else would you be having this conversation with her?wi Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson. com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.

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agement and Budget), reviews under several executive orders, and reviews by the public and the regulated community…With no public input, EPA binds itself to the demands of a private entity with special interests that may be adverse to the public interest, especially in the areas of project development and job creation. Sue and settle activities deny the public its most basic of all rights in the regulatory process: the right to weigh in on a proposed regulatory decision before agency action occurs.” This is tyranny. The environmental groups that led the way in this process are the Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund. These “lawsuits” have halted business expansion, investment, research and many jobs. They, along with the EPA, have bludgeoned many corporations and workers by way of sue and settle. The biggest case involves the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Act Rules which will cost corporations and the states of Delaware, Mary-

land and Virginia and the federal government up to $18 billion in compliance demands. Next is the Utility MACT Rule which will cost up to $9.6 billion and also will force up to 21 coal fired utility plants to close and raise electricity rates on millions of consumers and industries. Congress is not pleased. The Bill, H.R. 1493, is working its way through the House of Representatives. Hopefully, it will pass and stop the above madness. How can a government that is supposed to be purely democratic act in such an abusive way. There is an atmosphere of tyranny when you put this practice in with the other four scandals. How many more scandals will pop up under this atmosphere of “Damn the Constitution”?wi Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: Email:

of the aisle protesting what was clearly a blatant political move by a Republican administration. Let us not stop there. Various instruments of the US government that are supposed to exist for non-political purposes have at various times been used—under Republican and Democratic administrations—in order to suppress or discourage dissent. Worse, there have been institutions explicitly created in order to eliminate dissent entirely. One case in point of the latter is the

infamous program of the FBI known as COINTELPRO (the Counter Intelligence Program). COINTELPRO was used in the 1960s and early 1970s as a means to infiltrate and disrupt social justice and social protest movement across the board, including but not limited to the Black Freedom Movement. The Republican Party was not at the lead in criticizing such programs. This is all to say that before anyone jumps to conclusions, certainly in the midst of the IRS “scandal,” it is worth doing a bit more investigating. President Obama should do likewise. I appreciate his interest in

demonstrating his fairness, but it is also worth his pointing out, in no uncertain terms, when and where the Republicans are manufacturing crises—whether with respect to the IRS or the budget deficit—in order to advance their own regressive agenda. Just a thought.wi Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Follow him at

racist, conservative ideas on immigration, fiscal policy, you name it, but their lone departure with other Republicans, is over the fact that they are openly gay, and they want the GOP to change its stance concerning homosexuality. Astonishing. I believe people who are in lifelong, committed, monogamous relationships with one another, regardless of their gender, deserve the same legal protections – hospital visitation, next of kin privileges, tax breaks – that any

couple is afforded. I just don’t understand why so many folks want to broadcast their sexual appetites to everyone else. I have friends who are in committed, same-sex relationships. I have actually been in some of their homes. I say this now, not to try to convince people who I don’t know and who don’t know me, that I’m not homophobic. I say this now because I value those friendships and would hate it if something I’ve said here might offend any of them.

Today, I see where young people are declaring themselves to be gay, at ages many years before I was even close to having sex. See, I’ve told you too much about myself, about when I was a teenager and too socially awkward to even hold hands with a girl, which was a time when I was often “gay,” and merry, and happy, which was a time when being gay did not mean I belonged to a movement.wi

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itics makes strange bedfellows,” meaning that sometimes folks you’d never imagine being together, get together in order to achieve a political goal. Well today, “bed-partners make strange political allies.” There is a Log Cabin Republican club, which supported Gov. Mitt Romney for president in the 2012 election, and embraced all of the modern GOP’s wacky,

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lawsuit that was filed at 9 a.m. and was settled by 11 a.m. the very same day. The Chamber has published a report (www.sueandsettle. com ) on the above titled “Sue and Settle – Regulating Behind Closed Doors.” They explain: “The practice of agencies entering into voluntary agreements with private parties to issue specific rulemaking requirements also severely undercuts agency compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act. The Administrative Procedure Act is designed to promote transparency and public participation in the rulemaking process. Because the substance of a sue and settle agreement has been fully negotiated between the agency and the advocacy group before the public has any opportunity to see it … the outcome of the rulemaking is set. Sue and settle allows EPA to avoid the normal protections built into the rulemaking process, such as review by OMB (Office of Man-

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