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Bloomingdale Residents Tire of Water and Sewage Issues By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Ken Hood, Diana DeBernardo, and Bryan Goodman aren’t meteorologists, but throughout Labor Day, they kept one eye on the sky and the other on their televisions. The day before, fierce storms triggered water and sewage back-

ups in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale which left homes awash in water and muck from 2½ inches of rain in a little more than an hour. “I moved in in January and March was the first time my home flooded,” said Hood, who lives in a basement apartment. “City sewer lines get backed up and have to

go somewhere. It’s been a nightmare.” Goodman, 39, president of the LeDroit Place Condominium Association on 3rd Street, NW, agreed. “It has been catastrophic. We’ve had four or five major storms with potentially devastating financial implications,” he said. “The two

units on the ground floor are uninhabitable. We’ve been talking to the developer. We hold them responsible because they built the place.” All three live in the LeDroit Place condominium. But some residents said the problem had produced finger pointing between the developer

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Republican Party and most members of the party have always opposed District political representation, autonomy and statehood. However, that’s not the case. Nelson Rimensnyder, a candidate for D.C. shadow senator, published a piece in The Washington Post in 2005. He said that President Dwight D. Eisenhower became an advocate for the city while serving in office. Indeed, Eisenhower, in his 1954 State of the Union Address, said “in the District of Columbia the time is long overdue for granting national suffrage to its citizens and also applying the principle of local self-government to the nation’s capital.” Rimensnyder said that Eisenhower supported a 25-member legislative body and a governor to run the city. He said that Eisenhower had Sen. Prescott Bush (R-Conn.) push for the adoption of the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which allowed the District three votes in the U.S. Electoral College. The amendment passed in 1961 and the District supported Democrat Lyndon Johnson for president in 1964. Moderate Republicans such as Sen. Charles Mathias of Maryland supported D.C. Home Rule and voting rights in the U.S. Congress. However, the GOP abandoned its support for full political rights for the District in 1980, when the conservatives took over the party. Since then, most conservative Republicans have not supported expanding D.C. political representation and autonomy, stating that the Constitution prohibits the city from participating in na-


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Diane Gordon Washington, D.C. Absolutely. He’s the best thing that we’ve had and he’s cleaned up a lot of the Bush administration’s mess. When talking about Obamacare, a lot of people don’t realize how important it is and how hard it is for the poor to make it without health care. He’s also done well with economic issues and with education for our children. He’s a decent man and a very bright person.


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SEWAGE continued from Page 1 construction but a large part of it is the city’s sewer system,” Goodman explained. “It’s a brick sewer system from the late 19th century. Sewage comes up every time it rains. It’s a step above an outhouse.” Goodman and a carload of residents drove to the D.C. Department of Public Work’s [DPW] depot in the 200 block of Bryant Street, NW, where DPW employees stacked free 40-pound sandbags into trunks, back seats and flatbeds in advance of another round of inclement weather expected this week. Several blocks away at LeDroit Place, residents had stacked 14 sandbags two high along the front door of the condominium. In the rear, residents piled the sandbags four and five high along the wall, and by steps and windows in an effort to stave off the deluge of water that flows into the premises from an alley up the street. The condo lobby and common area suffered cosmetic damage as evidenced by the naked concrete floors. Hood, a 48-year-old restaurant manager, still looked shell-shocked from his experience the night before. “Water was up to the first step last night,” he recalled. “Neighbors were out here with buckets trying to bail the water. This hasn’t been a slow rain. It’s been flash floods. That’s been the problem.” Fortunately, he was home, he said. “Think of every place in here being covered with a couple of inches of water. There’s a backflow preventer on my water heater but they forgot to put one in my drain by the washing machine,” said Hood as he stood in his dining room surveying sandbags and the damage from past storms. “I heard a huge gurgling noise and probably two minutes later, it started coming up. It was so bad I had to get a squeegee. I barraged the drains with sandbags, pulled everything off the floors and prepared …” He and DeBernardo said backflow preventers had been installed in drains outside in the front and back of the condo complex but that has not solved the problem. In fact, Hood said, in some cases the problem has been exacerbated because the water cannot be dispersed. He said he feels helpless in the face of this problem. “I don’t even know where to go with this,” he said, shaking his head. “I remember sitting with the developer and I thought ‘I’m halfway underground. Flooding could be an issue.’ [He] assured me that there had been no flooding here, but within two months, we had [the first water and sewage issues].” The Washington Informer

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“I might believe [the developer] but I’m not sure. I know that the developer must have known. These two [basement] units will continue having problems.” In response to the problem, DC Water employees cleaned storm sewers and drains, which served as merely a stop-gap measure. The National Weather Service predicted one-to-two inches over the subsequent 24 hours, with the remnants of Hurricane Isaac bringing heavy rains before tapering off Wednesday afternoon. Ward 5 Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie dispatched a team from his office to assist beleaguered residents at about 2 a.m. Monday morning. They spent a good part of the day onsite. He echoed the frustration festering in the community. “Residents in Bloomingdale need relief now. Something’s got to happen,” he said during an interview on

Monday, September 3. “I suggest an emergency relief fund. Residents are frustrated, devastated and angry. They need relief now.” The flooding occurred almost a week after a taskforce formed to provide solutions to the problem met for the first time. But despite his role in the creation of the body, McDuffie said the taskforce is focused on longterm solutions that do nothing to address the problem in the present. As an example, he said, recommendations from that initial meeting aren’t due until December. McDuffie, DC Water officials and some residents point to a combined sewer system which is outdated, overwhelmed and over capacity. What makes residents’ blood boil is the discomforting response by DC Water officials who ask for patience. Their solution: The Clean Rivers Project, set

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around the region SEWAGE continued from Page 8 to be completed more than 10 years from now. “The developer is pointing fingers at the city which says wait until 2025,” said an incredulous DeBernardo. “I think of all the kickbacks city officials get and they abdicate their responsibility [to correct this problem]. The developer should have foreseen this and the city shouldn’t be allowing construction without taking the [sewage system] into consideration. Yet there are more buildings being constructed on U Street, 6th and 9th Streets and proposals for more building on land by the McMillan Reservoir.” Sunday’s storms produced the fourth overflow of sewage to hit the neighborhood, including a harrowing period of three storms over 10 days this summer. Several residents spoke of manhole covers being shot into the air by sewageladen water and geysers of foul water overwhelming basements, bedrooms, utility areas, floors and living areas of LeDroit Place, apartments and homes. On the streets, the flash flooding produced water so deep that cars stalled out, leaving drivers who ventured into large pools of

D.C. Department of Transportation emergency crews converged upon the Bloomingdale neighborhood, Sunday, September 2, to remove raw sewage that left the streets and vehicles on the street tinged with its remains. /Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman

standing water stranded. Elsewhere, standing water on the tracks at the Shaw-Howard University Metro Station led officials to close that station and three others as a precaution Sunday evening, said Metro Spokesperson Caroline L. Lukas. “We were made aware of the prob-

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On Monday afternoon, on streets leading to the Bloomingdale neighborhood such as Rhode Island Avenue, large mobile traffic signs cautioned motorists not to park in certain low-lying areas or attempt to drive through any pools of water following a downpour.

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Hundreds Celebrate First Anniversary of King Memorial Elected Officials, Civilians Honor King’s Legacy By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer


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Five thousand miles couldn’t stop Vernelle Dickerson from paying her respects to one of the most influential men in her life. A South Carolina native, Dickerson remembers the harsh conditions she and countless African Americans faced daily growing up in the Jim Crow South. So when Dickerson, 59, learned that her trip to visit her daughter and grandson in the District coincided with the oneyear anniversary of the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, she knew she had to be there. “This is just exhilarating,” said Dickerson, a retiree. “I’m full of happiness and I feel great because I just loved [Dr. King] and to me, he’s one of the greatest men who have ever lived. I just feel really good and proud that he’s the first black man to sit among all of these other memorials.” More than 150 people joined Dickerson on Tuesday, August 28, to pay tribute to King’s legacy during the King Memorial anniversary celebration on the National Mall. Photographers jostled for position as they crowded around Harry E. Johnson Sr., president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, as he welcomed guests and discussed the memorial’s impact. Last year, Hurricane Irene delayed the official opening of the memorial, however, last Tuesday’s clear blue skies and cool breeze set the stage for a memorable event. “We are so pleased that millions of people have come to visit this memorial,” said Johnson, 57, who calls Houston, Texas home. “I think it’s evident that when you come here you see people of all hues, races, creeds and colors. We’re excited about it.” After Johnson addressed the crowd, he turned the microphone over to Mayor Vincent C.

Gray (D), Robert G. Stanton, senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, all of whom delivered rousing speeches. But perhaps the highlight of the evening came when Stanton stood behind the oak podium and asked those in attendance to join him in giving a round of applause to every young person in the crowd. Stanton mentioned the three tenets of King’s legacy: democracy, hope and love, and challenged each young person to finish what King started. Stanton’s speech resonated with Shaunda Patterson-Strachan, who attended the celebration with her six-year-old daughter Daria. Patterson-Strachan, an attorney, said that she often talks with her daughter about the significance of King’s civil rights efforts, the positive impact on the lives of African Americans and how they paved the way for Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president. Despite being just six years old, Patterson-Strachan says Daria understands. As her daughter stood next to her side, she discussed King’s impact on the youngster. “As a parent, I feel like [Daria’s] living in a society where she can do anything that she wants,” said Patterson-Strachan, 36, who lives in Southeast. “There’s no question about that. I do feel that when she gets a little bit older, she’ll have the chance to stop, look back and will be inspired by what’s going on. She can go on and do things that will help us fulfill Dr. King’s dream.” Reggie Hammond made his first visit to the memorial a memorable one. Hammond, a Georgia Department of Health and Human Services employee, visited the District on vacation from Atlanta, Ga. The irony wasn’t lost on Hammond who said he always takes friends and family visiting Atlanta to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. And while much of society has

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THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS/REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS “Master Planning and Development Team Barry Farm New Communities Initiative” NO. 0016-2012 DCHA seeks responses from qualified Master Planning and Development Teams with broad experience in public housing and mixed-finance development. In partnership with the District, DCHA invites responses to the RFQ/RFP from interested private development teams to act as the Master Planning and Development Team (“Team”) to develop and implement a comprehensive redevelopment plan (“Redevelopment Plan”) for the Barry Farm New Communities Initiative (“BFNCI”). The BFNCI is a collaborative redevelopment effort coordinated by DCHA in partnership with the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (“DMPED”) and the Office of Planning (“OP”) to program and implement a comprehensive Redevelopment Plan for the Barry Farm Development, leading to the creation of a sustainable, mixed-income community that is well-integrated with the surrounding neighborhood. SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS will be available at the Issuing Office at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Room 300, Administrative Services/Contracts, Washington, DC 20002-7599 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. PRE- RESPONSE CONFERENCE will be held @ 10:00 am Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE. Washington, DC 20002-7599. SEALED PROPOSAL RESPONSES are due to the Issuing Office by 11:00 am Wednesday, October 3, 2012. *PLEASE NOTE THE BARRY FARMS SITE PLAN WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE ISSUING OFFICE. Contact the Issuing Office, Adrienne Jones on (202)535-1212 or by email at for additional information.

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The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum marks its 45th anniversary with the gala “Reclaiming Our Edge: Launching a New Vision” Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. on the grounds of the museum at 1901 Fort Pl. S.E., in Washington, D.C. First Lady Michelle Obama is the honorary chair for the event, which pays tribute to the nation’s first federally funded community museum and its evolution to an urban community focus after more than four decades of work in the field of African American history. The gala is hosted by the museum’s advisory board chaired by James Larry Frazier and tickets are $250. Gala proceeds will benefit the museum’s exhibitions and public programs. For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, the public may call (202) 633-4875, email or visit “We are celebrating the museum’s work to promote community cultural engagement as we reach this important milestone and move forward in a new direction,” said Camille Giraud Akeju, director of the museum. The event will offer a preview of the museum’s new exhibition, “Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement” (new date: opening Oct. 15), which examines citizens’ efforts to restore rivers—including the Anacostia River, Washington’s “other” river—in six urban communities worldwide as well as the cultural, historical and ecological importance of such waterways. Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid, veteran television actors and founders of New Millennium Studios, are co-emcees for the celebration, which includes the presentation of the museum’s Legacy Awards to five individuals who have made significant contributions to the community or museum: Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher, Washington Informer and, posthumously, her parents, Calvin Rolark Sr. and Wilhelmina Rolark; Philip Pannell,

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executive director of the Anacostia Coordinating Council; and Anastasia Johnson, longtime museum volunteer. Corporate sponsors of the gala include Children’s National Medical Center and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Inspired by the upcoming exhibition, the gala will immerse guests in an undulating virtual water environment where they can dance on the virtual river floor, enjoy specialty food and drinks based on the featured river communities and participate in the silent auction. wi


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D.C Mayor Vincent C. Gray, left, Harry E. Johnson Sr. and Robert G. Stanton addressed the crowd who attended the one-year anniversary celebration of the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall on Tuesday, August 28. /Photo by Roy Lewis More than 150 guests attended the oneyear anniversary of the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall on Tuesday, August 28. The celebration concluded with the film, The Long Walk Home, the 1990 movie that chronicled the lives of two Alabama women during the1955 Montgomery bus boycott. /Photo by Roy Lewis

KING continued from Page 10 undergone a radical transformation, Hammond said more can and needs to be done. “As we’ve gone through integration, I think that our children have gotten farther away from the culture from which we have come from and the sacrifices we made,” said Hammond, 55. “I think we have to keep reinforcing the fact that [young people] are able to do what they want to do because others before them paid the cost.” As the sun slowly slipped behind skyscrapers across the Potomac in nearby Rosslyn, Va., it created the perfect magenta backdrop as the celebration concluded with a showing of The Long Walk Home, the 1990 film that chronicled the lives of two Alabama women during the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. Many who attended the

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niversary celebration showed up for various reasons. Ivan Tilghman had just returned home from Vietnam when King was assassinated in April 1968. His death devastated the young soldier who struggled to understand how a country that sent him to risk his life on the battlefield didn’t deem him worthy enough to share a restroom with Caucasians. Fortytwo years later, Tilghman stood no more than 500 feet from the statue of the man he respects and reflected on the current state of race relations. “I feel like [society has] improved. But, we have a long way to go. This monument is a great step toward realizing King’s dream that all men are created equal and all men should walk together, hold hands and be in harmony with each other,” said the 68-year-old Bowie, Md. resident. wi The Washington Informer

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Pastor on Mission to Increase Awareness about Africa By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Jonathan Weaver, the college student, became captivated with Africa 41 years ago when he made his first trip to Nigeria to help build a clinic. Over the years, he developed an interest in raising the awareness of African Americans about a continent that many know little about. Weaver, now 62, and pastor of Greater Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Church in Bowie, remains impassioned about exposing African Americans to Africa, and this summer led a delegation of 12 to a country he said is misunderstood – Rwanda. “I think most people in the U.S., if you ask what’s the first thing that comes to mind about Rwanda, invariably it will be genocide or ‘oh yeah, that movie,’” said Weaver, referring to the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. “Most people are frozen in time when thinking about Rwanda and what the country is like.” The central African country of

Rwanda exploded in bloodshed in 1994. Civil war and genocide led to the massacre of an estimated 800,000 people during a three-month period. According to the United Human Rights Council, three-quarters of the Tutsi population perished at the hands of the Hutu people. However, Weaver described the country – known as the land of a thousand hills – today as one that has been transformed, in which reconciliation has taken and continues to take place. “It opened my eyes,” said Weaver. “I was just absolutely floored by the tranquility in Rwanda. There was such a sense of calm. It absolutely boggled my mind.” Weaver said the purpose of the two-and-a-half-week trip during late July and early August was to dispel myths about Africa and Rwanda and to strengthen the connection between members of the AME church in

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The Reverend Jonathan Weaver with some of the handmade baskets he and church members brought back from their recent trip to Rwanda. /Photo courtesy of Gale Horton Gay

America and Rwanda. They were also seeking ways to help some of the women who have been traumatized by the current strife taking place along the borders of

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western Rwanda and the Congo over diamonds and other natural resources such as coltan, a metal found in cell phones and laptop computers, Weaver said. During the trip, the group traveled to Gisenyi in western Rwanda to meet with about 30 women from Goma who talked about being terrorized, raped and then shunned by their husbands, Weaver said. They also visited the Village of Hope in Kigali, Rwanda, where women whose husbands had been killed during the 1994 slaughter now make baskets to earn money to support their families. Weaver said church members brought back suitcases full of hand-woven baskets, which they have sold here. Weaver said he recently sent more than $1,500 back to the women. One member of the delegation – cardiologist Ramon Nelson – set up a makeshift clinic in a church sanctuary and examined 130 patients one afternoon and an additional 70 or so on another day, the pastor said. “Most had never seen a doctor,” said Weaver. Weaver said the trip didn’t involve any stays at posh hotels or typical tourist sightseeing activities, however, the group, which visited five AME churches, were treated like VIPs. “Because we were the first group of any size from the AME church, we felt like we were treated like international dignitaries,” he said, adding that villagers turned

out en masse to sing, shout and dance as the delegation arrived on buses in Mahoko village. Victoria Edwards of Cheverly has traveled extensively throughout Africa [Zambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Togo and Benin] but this summer’s trip to Rwanda with the delegation from Greater Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Church was her first. Edwards, who described herself as 50-plus, said meeting the Rwandans turned out to be the most meaningful part of the experience. “I was amazed at their faith and their ability to get beyond all the things that happened to them during the genocide,” said Edwards. She said she plans to return and is working with others to figure out ways to continue to support – spiritually and financially – many of the people they met during their visit. Weaver said he’s already planning another group trip to Rwanda in 2013. “It was a life-altering experience,” he said. wi

Greater Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Church will host a forum “Opportunities for Faith-Based Initiatives in Africa for the 21st Century” on September 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 1001 Old Mitchellville Road in Bowie, Md. The forum is free and open to the public, however, a reservation is required. Call 301-249-7545 for more information.

D.C. Delegates Push Agenda despite DNC Snub District of Columbia delegates who attended the National Democratic Convention took their fight to the streets of Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday to deliver a strong message for D.C. Statehood to voters from around the country. The effort was part of a strategy designed to inform and persuade states to support D.C. Statehood in spite of the Democratic National Committee [DNC] Platform Committee’s decision to deny Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton an opportunity to address the national convention this week. D.C. delegates sported bright red T-shirts and weaved their way through crowds while stopping those who would listen to the saga of the District’s ongoing struggle for Statehood. Two huge billboards located in downtown Charlotte near the convention site captured the attention of passersby and motorists to the Statehood issue. Following a protest rally held on September 4, delegates said they remained hopeful despite their inability to promote their cause in front of other convention delegates. They were pushed to the “free speech” area blocks away from the convention site but even a sudden downpour of rain failed to dash their spirits. “The official demonstration area moved,” said Shadow Representative Michael E. Brown. “Still we gave our little speeches, and [we] did our usual Statehood thing, but I believe we need to be like Fannie Lou Hamer ... and say ‘we’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.’” Frustration and disappointment like a laser beamed in on President Obama and the Democratic Party for refusing to support the District’s Statehood efforts. “We all love the Democrats,” Brown said. “They stand behind us. But they need to stand in front of us, you know,” he said. “Where I come from, when you’re getting beat up, your friends step in and try to help you. Two hundred and eleven years [of fighting for Statehood] is long enough.” Others agree. “It’s very disappointing because she [Norton] has been on the program for a number of years,” said D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. “They

Yvette Alexander (Ward 7), Vincent Orange (At-Large), Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), and Marion Barry (Ward 8). Shadow Senator Paul Strauss and Michael E. Brown also participated in the Statehood outreach efforts. D.C. Statehood activist Anise Jenkins said those she spoke with inspired her. “[It’s] heartening to talk to people from all over the country who support us. They know about Delegate Norton and they support her. A lot of people

are familiar with our plight; more than I thought.” Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson commended Norton. “[She] is a great leader and her voice deserves to be heard and D.C. Statehood needs to be put forth front and center.” “The refusal to acknowledge [the issue] is not a departure from the norm, but what we’ve got to do is to continue to raise our voices,” he said. wi

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Purchase at: Busboys and Poets - 14th & V Streets NW Adobe Design Center & Showroom - 654 H St NE will mention budget autonomy and legislative autonomy and voting rights for Congresswoman Norton, but no one could have done a better job articulating that but her.” Gray, who joined nearly 100 Democratic mayors at a luncheon sponsored by the U.S. Council of Mayors, said the group has been extremely supportive of Statehood for the District of Columbia. “I’m delighted to be a part of an organization that gets it,” said Gray, 69. Ben Johnson, former assistant to President Bill Clinton and former deputy chairman of the Democratic Party, called the DNC’s decision “outrageous.” Johnson, who is a long time District resident, it’s about allegiance and reciprocity. “What bothers me most is that none of our allies in the Democratic Party are willing to fight for us,” he said. “We’re one of the most loyal constituencies in the Democratic Party and with three electoral votes, it’s just ridiculous that we’re being taken for granted like this. I was just put off that

someone would decide to do this especially since we’ve been so loyal.” But critics of the DNC steered clear of any comments that might suggest they weren’t going to support the party or the president’s re-election. “We’re not changing the guard but we’re protecting the guard,” said Julianne Malveaux, an economist and political activist. “We have to get out here and vote and we have to be our own advocates. People have to ask themselves, ‘what are you going to get from Romney?’” But, Malveaux said she believes it’s unwise to summarily dismiss the District. “It’s shortsighted for the Democratic Party to write off the District of Columbia. I’m glad there is a robust delegation that is continuing to advocate for that.” Democratic members of the D.C. City Council joined the nearly 55-member D.C. delegation at the convention to fight on behalf of the District. Council members included Michael A. Brown (At-Large), Jack Evans (Ward 2), The Washington Informer

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Dr. Rolark was an influential community leader as publisher of The Washington Informer newspaper and head of United Black Fund. Today, Rolark’s daughter, Denise gets scant attention and few “call backs” from current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The awarding of D.C. government advertising contracts is a case that should be a cause célèbre for majority-Black populaBy William Reed tions and governments across America. [Public Notices] are advertisements that generate biltheir move from the streets to lions annually in America. Pubthe suites.  Black professionals lic notices placed in newspapers moved up private sector and government career ladders and include contract opportunities, became the policy and decision- foreclosures, unclaimed propmakers on rules and regulations erty, community information that benefited Black people and and more. The issue and controinstitutions. versy is about a $30,000 contract Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. ex- to advertise unclaimed property emplified a machine boss who in the city.   Washington Informer dominated politics for more than publisher Denise Rolark Barnes a decade serving as the second elected mayor of the District of claims that her paper was denied Columbia from 1979 to 1991, a chance at the contract by the and again as the fourth mayor Office of the Chief Financial from 1995 to 1999. Barry is re- Officer because her paper’s covmembered fondly as a champion erage centers on Washington’s of the young, the aged and the Black residents. Barnes has filed poor, having plowed hundreds a protest over the awarding of of millions of tax dollars into the contract. The conflict hinges summer jobs programs, senior on whether The Washington Incenters and an array of social welfare programs that ranked former counts as a “newspaper among the most generous in the of general circulation.” In her nation.  He also used the city’s complaint, Barnes quotes a city bureaucracy as a vast employ- contracting official saying that ment program that fostered the The Washington Informer’s editorial growth of a Black middle class focus toward Black Washingtothat have the highest paid mu- nians means it isn’t a “newspanicipal jobs in America. per of general circulation.” All of that is long gone. The Are Blacks headed toward bepeople that Barry made middle ing invisible in America again? class have taken their salaries and In recent generations “Black taxes and moved out of D.C. to make Prince George’s County, Power” is on the decline in “America’s wealthiest majority- D.C. and across America. D.C. Black county.” As the Blacks of illustrates that government secmeans leave D.C., more Whites, tor contracting is fundamental Asians and Hispanics are mov- to the successes of minoritying in.  The District of Columowned businesses such as The bia’s Black population is under 50 percent. The city that once Washington Informer. As Blacks had a 70 percent Black popula- in every locale should, Blacks tion has dropped down to just in D.C. are concerned that the 301,000 Blacks of the city’s 47-year-old Informer publica601,700 residents.  The “Black tion has been deemed “irrelPower Elite” that came to be in evant” by the decision-makers the ’60s and ’70s are eroding in who currently occupy the top power and prestige. The “Black realms of D.C. government. wi Power” way of life is at an end (William Reed is head of the Busiin D.C ness Exchange Network and availBack in our days of dominance, Calvin Rolark got his calls able for projects via the Bailey Group. to City Hall returned promptly.  org)

business Business Exchange Student Loan Reforms to Benefit 1.6 million Borrowers As many as 1.6 million responsible student loan borrowers could benefit from a new order that ties loan repayment to income and family size. Beginning September 30, an expanded option called Income Based Repayment (IBR) can reduce monthly loan payments. Coordinated with the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and the Secretary of Education, an online application enables borrowers to apply for the program directly instead of going through a loan servicer. To be eligible for IBR, current borrower repayments must impose a “partial financial hardship,” which occurs when the monthly payments under a Standard Repayment Plan with a 10-year period is more than the monthly payments required under an IBR for those same loans. In married households where both spouses have IBR-eligible student loans, the combined payments under a Standard Repayment Plan and under IBR are compared. Loans eligible for the IBR are: Stafford, Grad Plus and Consolidation Loans made under either the Direct Loan or Federal Family Education Loan Program. Several loans are ineligible for an IBR: private loans, federal loans in default, and parent Plus. Borrowers who want to determine if they are eligible for IBR can use the Department of Education’s IBR calculator: http:// Once approved, eligible borrowers could see their monthly repayments capped to no more than 10 percent of their discretionary income. Should household size or income change, the IBR option may not remain available. To sign up for an IBR before September 30, interested borrowers will still need to contact their loan servicer, the company that receives monthly student loan payments. Borrowers uncertain as to who their servicer may be can enter information online at www. nslds.ed.govto determine their servicer and also find out their loan balance and interest rates. Since 2009, former students

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have been able to enroll in a similar plan that called for higher payments of 15 percent. Two years ago, President Obama signed into law an IBR plan that lowered the monthly cap to 10 percent for federal student loans taken out after July 1, 2014. With a June 2012 executive order, the waiting time is cut and borrowers may begin applying this fall. Additional benefits derived from the executive order are: Since July 15, borrowers now repaying student loans and in good standing may become eligible for some student loan forgiveness after 25 years of responsible payments; After September 30, federal direct student loan bor. . . . will . . .no. .longer . . . .be. .required ..... rowers to contact their loan servicer as the first step to apply for IBR; Streamlined, online applications enable income and household verification that eliminates the likelihood of errors or missed information; it also enable applicants to complete the process in one visit; Other new online resources available through the Department of Education that now include tools to help students make better financial decisions, become more financially literate and knowledgeable of other options for monthly repayments; Higher education institutions will have an enhanced ability to help students understand repayment options while still enrolled including choices for repayment plans. Today, nearly two-thirds of college graduates borrow to pay for their education with an average debt at graduation around $26,300. However, for students enrolled in private institutions and/or graduate programs, loan debt can easily reach six-figures. This new reform is an important step towards enabling those who value education the chance to make affordable payments.

It may not change the cost of a college education; but it will likely make repayment more manageable. At a time when the American economy is still struggling to fully recover from a severe recession, with fewer jobs available than there are people looking for work, some financial relief is better than none. Despite the high cost of higher education, it remains a solid investment for the future. For additional information on IBR and other student loan information, interested persons may phone 1-800-4-FED-AID or visit Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at:

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Straight Black Men Ignored in AIDS Initiatives By Freddie Allen Special to the Informer No one can creditably deny the burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community. Although Blacks represent only 12 percent or the U.S. population, they accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections. Black women accounted for 57 percent of all new HIV infections among women and 64 percent of all new AIDS diagnoses among women. In 2010, 85 percent of Black women were infected through heterosexual activities and Black men who have sex with men (MSMs) stand a one in four chance of being infected with HIV before their 25th birthdays and 60 percent chance of being infected by the time they reach age 40. In the mountain of stats and programs, the impact of the AIDS epidemic on straight Black men is often overlooked. Why? “We were never properly in-

troduced to the epidemic and who it was infecting,” said Larry Bryant, the director of national advocacy organizing at Housing Works, a non-profit organization that advocates for ending homelessness and AIDS. “First we were told by the CDC that it was a White gay male disease. Then, we were told it was a disease of White gay males and injection drug users then we were told it was a disease of White gay males injection drug users and Haitian immigrants.” Other activists cite the lack of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment messages that focus on the unique needs of heterosexual males as one of the reasons that many straight Black men ignore the epidemic overtaking their neighborhoods. “We have national campaigns and national initiatives around women, for men who have sex with men and for injecting drug users,” said Terrence Young, manager of testing and field operations for the Community Education Group, an organiza-

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tion dedicated to stemming the flow of AIDS by training local health workers and increasing AIDS awareness among vulnerable populations. Young said that at he’s often felt invisible at AIDS conferences and in work groups that seem to target every

population accept for straight Black men. “If I’m not directing any messages to you, if I’m not developing any interventions for you, if I’m telling you this isn’t your problem, “Young said. “What do you expect to happen?”

Young noted that CDC-funded Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) Project list 30 individual programs and of those, only one that targets the needs of straight

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AIDS continued from Page 18 Black men. “The way things have been looking over the last 30 years, there will be initiatives for purple people on the moon before there’s an initiative for heterosexual Black men,” he said. In 2010, Young co-founded the Heterosexual Men of Color Coalition, believed to be the is the only national organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to addressing the AIDS epidemic from the heterosexual Black male point of view. Young worked with Dwayne Morrow of the AIDS Foundation of Houston to launch HMOCC to ensure that straight Black men have a voice and a seat at the table when it comes to pulling the ears of key policymakers associated with the AIDS epidemic. “What we don’t want 10 years from now, if there is a still an HIV/AIDS epidemic, we don’t want to find heterosexual Black men in facing the same epidemic that White gay men were in the 80s,” said Morrow co-founder of the Heterosexual Men of Color Coalition. First, AIDS experts have to reach a population that has largely turned a deaf ear to the epidemic. When straight Black men don’t get the message, it creates a perpetual cycle. Straight Black men view drug users, gays, and women plastered across billboards on the highway and posters screaming HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment messages hanging in health clinics and doctor offices. When heterosexual men don’t see themselves on those same billboards and posters they tune out and the data gap swells making it difficult for researchers to define the scope of the crisis, experts say. This data gap also limits the pool of straight Black men available to participate in clinical trials. “Minority individuals are under-represented when it comes to being involved in clinical trials,” said Luther Virgil chief executive officer and chief medical officer of National Minority Clinical Research Association. AIDS activist and civil rights leader Tony Wafford said that it’s going to take more than Black leaders staging drive-by HIV testing photo-ops in the community on National Black HIV/ AIDS Day (February 7) World

“What we don’t want 10 years from now, if there is still an HIV/AIDS epidemic, we don’t want to find heterosexual Black men facing the same epidemic that White gay men were in the ’80s.” – Dwayne Morrow co-founder of the Heterosexual Men of Color Coalition. AIDS Day (December 1) for Black men and women, en masse to take the epidemic more seriously. “Until we get our equivalent to David Geffen, until we get our equivalent to Elton John, until we get our equivalent to Barney Frank, who is going to raise the volume?” Many thought that the omnipresent Oprah Winfrey would fit that bill perfectly, but when she rolled out author J.L. King on a 2004 episode of her talk show dramatizing the dangers of the “down low brother” and their role in the startling jump in new infections of Black women, many activists on the ground in the Black community believed that she missed the mark. “Focusing “Down Low: Bisexual Black Men, HIV Risk and Heterosexual Transmission,” published in the Journal of the National Medical Association in July 2005 showed that Black women were at a much greater risk for contracting HIV from men who identified as gay or bisexual than MSMs that identified as straight (aka men on the down low). Heterosexual men who engaged in high-risk behavior (i.e. IDU, and multiple sex partners) also posed a bigger threat to the health of Black women than Oprah’s sensationalized, undercover lover. The study also found that Black men who identify as bisexual only make up 2 percent of the total population, further limiting the likelihood of that group rampantly infecting Black women. Even though the 2005 paper debunked the myth of the “down low brother,” Oprah’s original 2004 show and a follow up in 2010 aided in reinforcing homophobia and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and stymied open conversations between men and women in the

Black community. Virgil said that validating the risk of HIV/AIDS among straight Black male community will take men like Larry Bryant putting a familiar face on the AIDS epidemic. Not only is Bryant a fierce advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, he is also a straight Black man living with HIV. In 1986, Bryant contracted HIV as an 18 year-old student at Norfolk State University “When you talk about the history and the face of AIDS, I would qualify, but no one would ever associate me with that,” Bryant said. Bryant said that it’s impossible to talk about the impact of HIV/AIDS on Black men without talking about homelessness, poverty, and incarceration. “Black men in particular have been on the wrong end of disparities in health, in education and in economics for decades,” said Bryant. “The epidemic of AIDS is more of a symptom of those bigger issues. If we address those things infection rates go down.” Most activists agree that preventing the spread of HIV/ AIDS and beating the epidemic in the Black community will take critical, uncomfortable conversations about sexuality, homophobia and the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Conversations that must begin in the schools, barbershops and beauty salons, and in the church. “We have to approach this like adults and not like children,” said HIV/AIDS activist Tony Wafford. “And until we get mature enough to have an adult conversation and agree to disagree on some things and still love each other like brothers and sisters we’re going to have this problem.”wi The Washington Informer


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Empowering Girls to Embrace Technology By Lea Michelle Cash Special to the Informer Over 20 years ago, African American Latasha Gary, 37, became interested in computers. Today, she is the Director of World Wide Sales Operation Systems for Compaq Computer Company. She manages 25 employees working on various projects around the country and overseas. She became interested in computers in high school, and the school only had one computer. Gary says, “Hanging around that computer was my natural interest. My high school math teacher noticed my computer talents and encouraged me to look into colleges with strong computer science programs. I did and was accepted in my se-

nior year at Texas A & M.” She continues, “I found myself one of only a handful of females. Texas A & M at that time was exclusively male and populated by mostly white males, many of whom had been exposed to high-level math and computer programs at their school. So, I had to show some initiative to my professors and ask them for help, letting them know that I was going to stick to it and go all the way.” Gary graduated and stuck it out. Then she moved on to Howard University where she earned a Master degree in Computer Science. The year was 1987. Today, 25 year later the technology field (at large) is desperately looking for architects of change. Females who put an

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(STEM). Environments and afterschool programs promoting “girl power” are popping up all over America, supporting leadership development and career exploration for girls, transferring knowledge of technology, while introducing concepts such as logical relationships, graphing, and algebra. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and National Science Foundation the STEM fields are expected to add 2.7 million new jobs by 2018, yet women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in those fields. Women make up 46% of the total workforce but hold only 24% of jobs in technical or STEM fields. African-Americans and Latinos each comprise 13% of the total workforce and only 3% of the technical workforce. In the Inland Empire, starting a technology program for girls has been a dream for the founder, President & CEO of Tech Divas, Cynthia Renee Frazier. Its title is “Girls Got Geek”. Girls who enter this program will learn about creation, innovation, problem solving, teamwork and career development. Recently in June, Frazier held an open house at the Henderson Auditorium located at Community Hospital of San Bernardino. Girls were introduced to many of the latest e-devices that they could explore. The Greek sorority sisters from Sigma Gamma Rho volunteered to assist with the event. The turnout was exceptional and Frazier was very happy. She says, “Girls like solving problems as much as boys. Girls can develop games and mobile apps even better than boys. So, we have got to get girls more excited about today’s technology.” Therefore,

Frazier has taken on this project passionately in the efforts to engage, enrich, and empower girls in STEM. She has been active in technology for years. The application creation is growing into a $55 billion dollar industry. Frazier states, “More girls in this career field can really change their lives.” Latasha Gary would agree. Gary said, “My career field has provided more opportunity beyond anything that I could imagine. I would definitely encourage women to consider a career in technology.” Her greatest achievement was spending 13 months in Singapore, rolling out and implementing a Software Application Program (SAP) for Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and India. This Fall, “Girls Got Geek” is having a Hackathon. They are looking for girls ages 13–25 who would like to put together a “webisode” as a challenge. A webisode is a short episode, which can be downloaded or streamed on YouTube or Cable television. It could be a commercial or collection of short stories. The girls who participate will be grouped into teams. Each team will come up with a theme for their webisode. As a challenge, the webisodes will be played and judged for fun and prizes. The dates are November 16, 17, and 18. The technology used for creating, making and editing the webisodes will be provided. For more information or to register for this event visit the Girls Got Geek website at



Obama, Light Our Fire

More than 30,000 members of the Democratic Party spent this week in Charlotte, N.C., basking in the limelight of the 2012 Democratic National Convention that ended today [Thursday] with the nomination of President Barack Obama to his second term in office. Support for the nation’s first African-American president is at a feverish high and supporters are conducting themselves more like star-struck fans than political constituents. It’s the much needed excitement the Obama campaign has been missing all year, and it’s igniting the kind of enthusiasm seen regularly during Sen. Obama’s first bid for the presidency in 2008. But even in Charlotte, as state delegates met in caucuses to outline key issues they hope the Democratic National Committee will adopt, the haunting reality still looms that millions of Americans are still jobless, millions continue to lose or have lost their homes, and the quality of life for millions of Americans has significantly declined over the past four years. Delegates from the District of Columbia refused to be seen as second-class citizens, too, in spite of the fact that the two issues they came to champion – Statehood and a chance for D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes to speak to the national convention – were denied by the Democratic National Committee. And President Obama’s silence on full voting rights since he has been in the White House has only proven to embolden District delegates to work harder for their cause. They used their time in Charlotte to regroup and develop strategies to expand their efforts for national support. Yet, in spite of the Democratic Party’s ills, the alternative of either supporting Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, or not voting at all, are unthinkable. So now it is up to President Obama, himself, and the key members of the Democratic Party who spoke to the nation this week in an effort to galvanize the party’s base to show up in big numbers in November. Much must be said to light the fire of voters who haven’t felt the warmth of President Obama over the past four years. The Republicans have proclaimed they want to “Take Our Country Back” [from who or what is unclear] while President Obama and the Democrats are focusing on “Americans Coming Together” to support democracy, prosperity and security for everyone. This week is the chance the Democrats must use to begin to ignite the fire of the American voters.

A Life Worth Saving

The stresses that impact the lives of young people in the District of Columbia cause them to make some extremely unhealthy choices. Drug use, unprotected and premature sexual activity, pregnancy and violence top the list of those choices that continue to plague the D.C. community. But when young people feel their voices go unheard and their lives are discounted by adults and their peers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] report that District teens disproportionately choose suicide as their only recourse. This news is nothing new for youth advocates, including those who work at the D.C. Department of Health. Resources have been tapped to address this issue that has also found its way into the office of D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson who alerted members of the D.C. City Council late last year. The most recent report from the CDC is that nearly 12 percent of the District’s high school students say they have attempted suicide, a figure that nearly doubles the national average. Middle school students are not exempt from this horrific act, either. September 10, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope,” which focuses on preventing vulnerability and strengthening resilience. The purpose of drawing the world’s attention to this critical issue that impacts even our youngest victims is to raise the awareness that the prevention of suicide is everyone’s business.

Fathers Make the Difference in Children’s Lives

The front-page photograph on your August 30, 2012 issue, of Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie walking his daughters to school on opening day was one of the best photographs I’ve seen in your paper in some time. My reason for saying this is that it brought back so many memories of when my daughters were young and I would walk them to school. As a single parent, I took a very active and supportive role in the education of my daughters. I believe parents, especially the fathers, should be very visible in the educational process of their children. When fathers are involved everyone seems to be more attentive – the administration, the teachers and the students. I will never forget the look in my daughters’ eyes when I would help out in their classrooms doing whatever the teacher asked me to do. It showed them that what they do everyday is important and that their father would take a day off from work to be involved in what they do. My

daughters are both college graduates and I hope that when they have children of their own, they will be involved in their children’s education like I was with theirs. Robert Bailey Washington, D.C.

Lessons Learned from Art

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Kudos to the Washington Informer for your insightful story on Willard Wigan. The story by Barrington Salmon published in your August 30 edition was a truly wonderful read. While Wigan is not a household name in this part of the world, his work appears to be extraordinary. Our children could learn a lot from his victory over the odds and his unwillingness to fall victim to ignorance and racism. I’m sorry I missed the opening at the Parish Gallery but I’ll be sure to visit the exhibit before it leaves the District.

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By Jamala Thomas

Illegitimate View on Rape I felt the spirit of Dr. Aaronnette White guiding my fingers for this column. A couple of weeks ago, Aaronnette died suddenly at the premature age of 51 years. A rape survivor and a respected psychology professor, she was a fierce warrior for the reproductive rights of women, particularly African-American women. During her brief stint in St. Louis during the 1980s, she or-

ganized black women (and some black men) to take out a full page ad in The St. Louis American condemning rape in the black community. It was a bold move that pulled the covers off an issue that had rarely received public scrutiny. Recently Congressman Todd Akin (R) caused a firestorm when asked about his staunch opposition to abortion in the case of women getting pregnant after a rape. He gave this stunning explanation: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has

ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” GOP leaders ran as fast and far away from Akin as they could. Karl Rove snatched his money his American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS PAC monies from the Akin campaign. The Republican National Committee chair, along with other party officials, demanded that Akin – who won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on August 7 – step down. Vice Presidential contender Paul Ryan called the remarks

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“outrageous” and “indefensible.” I found this retort to be quite hypocritical as Ryan shares the same viewpoint. Ryan and Akin have co-sponsored bills that are tearing away at the right to a safe and accessible abortion. Last year, nearly 1,000 antiabortion bills were introduced across the country. The laws have teetered on the absurd, such as forcing women to endure vaginal ultrasounds before abortions, or redefining the moment of conception. An Arizona law passed this year declared that

pregnancy begins two weeks before conception! The laws prohibit federal funding of abortion or birth control services resulting in defunding of groups like Planned Parenthood. Abortion clinics have been bombed, and doctors who performed abortions have been assaulted or killed. The detrimental bills passed by Republicans also have attempted to redefine rape. They have coined new and confusing

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By Julianne Malveaux

Who Built What? The Republican National Convention’s theme was, “We Built This.” One of the speakers was Sher Valenzuela, a Delaware businesswoman who happens to be Latina. She touted the success of her upholstery business and implied it thrived because of her hard work. That’s only partly true. She also thrived because she started out with $2 million loan from the Small Business Administra-

tion, and got another $15 million in non-competitive government contracts. Would her company, First State Manufacturing, have made it without government help? Your guess is as good as mine. But the notion that “we built this” is extremely shortsighted. What exactly did these Republicans build without government help? They don’t even go to work every day in our nation’s capital without the help of unpaid enslaved people who toted

rock and worked in hot sun to build our nation’s capital. It took until 2010 for our nation’s leaders to erect a plaque commemorating this effort. We built the Capitol? And it’s isn’t the same “we” the Republicans are talking about. It reminds me of a book written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annette Gordon Reed, The Hemmings of Monticello (2008). As she reprises some of former President Thomas Jefferson’s diaries, he writes about all the cot-

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ton and tobacco “we” planted. I had an amazing visual of Jefferson with a hoe picking and planting. He didn’t. He appropriated the effort of other people’s work, initiative, and infrastructure. He didn’t plant a thing. Enslaved people did the work. Based on his diaries, though, the man who died nearly bankrupt, expropriates the work of others in his use of the term “we.” Republicans held their convention last week at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. This is a con-

vention center that was partly built with government money, to the tune of $86 million. As the arena was renovated to accommodate Republican attendees to the convention, no doubt government funds were also used for some of this. This is one of the tax subsidies that Republicans often decry. And how does government justify this? The infusion of all those big spenders might bring money to local vend-

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By George E. Curry

Obama Needs to Project More than ‘Hope’

The primary goal of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week is to highlight the sharp contrast between the policies of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent. In the past, political conventions were used to count delegates to determine each party’s respective presidential nominee. That has changed in recent years,

with the ballot outcome already determined by the time thousands of delegates roll into a city for the convention. Today, the speeches are directed at millions watching on television, the Internet or a mobile device, not the people sitting in the convention hall. Republicans concluded their national convention in Tampa and for the first time in 60 years, the GOP nominee didn’t make the argument that his party will do a better job in foreign affairs. President Obama took that issue

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away from Republicans by ending U.S. involvement in the war in Iran, bringing troops back from Afghanistan and approving a mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. With shifting U.S. demographics, the Tampa gathering may be the last national political convention that Republicans or any other party can make a race-based appeal to White voters. Despite token appearances by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Artur Davis, a former Democratic congressman from The Washington Informer

Alabama who couldn’t carry his on precinct in his bid for governor, Team Romney made a major appeal to its base. And the selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate served to underscore that point. The problem for Republicans is that the election will largely be decided by undecided independent voters. And Romney, a Massachusetts moderateturned-conservative, can’t afford to appeal directly to that group without alienating ardent conservatives already suspicious of

him. Except for a speech to the NAACP annual convention in Houston, Romney has done little to appeal to African-American voters. Not that it would do him much good. A recent NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll showed Romney getting zero percent of the Black vote. Of course, that does not mean no Black person in America will vote for him. Instead, the zero was in a poll with a margin of

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

Glossing over the Truth about our History I often say to people who come to the Schomburg that the crisis of today is a consequence of not one, but two generations born after the Civil Rights Movement who have been deliberately kept from their history. -- Khalil Gibran Muhammad, June 2012 When Khalil Muhammad speaks people listen. He is a scholar, historian, and the director of the New York Public Library’s renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black

Culture. Muhammad knows a lot about the importance of being mindful of learning from history. When he spoke about equality of opportunity to 1800 young leaders at a Children’s Defense Fund’s Haley Farm leadership training session in June, he explained that our nation is testing the old saying: “Those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He said: “Because of individual Black achievement, some today believe that we have finally reached the promised land of

a colorblind equal opportunity America, and yet—and here’s the history lesson—this is not the first time we’ve been to the mountaintop. Five generations ago, many Americans believed that the heavy lifting of building racial democracy had been completed...” As it turned out, the golden Reconstruction Era just after the Civil War was just the beginning in a long string of false hopes that eventually became unfulfilled expectations. Muhammad noted that observers have con-

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tinued to make the same mistake of unfounded optimism about racial equality over and over in the decades since then. Meanwhile, children are not being taught about past battles in the struggle for equality, even relatively recent ones—as shown by the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress that found only 2 percent of the nation’s high school seniors demonstrated basic knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement, including Brown v. Board of Education.

Many students don’t learn about other pieces of the Black experience such as the full horror of slavery at all, and “by the time they enter college they don’t recall much Black history that wasn’t about Rosa Parks’ tired feet or King’s dream.” History is being re-written and kept from our children, replaced by a hazy and sanitized version of events that can make it sound as if the fight for racial equality is already over with a happy

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By Harry C. Alford

Equatorial Guinea Takes on New Life I have been hearing so much negative news and gossip about this small nation located on the Western African coast known as the Gulf of Guinea. It was as bad as the ridiculous things the press and others say about Cuba. We had to visit Cuba to see for ourselves. The negative things proved to be false. So, when the Sullivan Foundation formally invited us to attend the recent IX

Summit in Equatorial Guinea, we jumped at the chance. During the early history of the nation, it earned a reputation for violence. But a change in government and establishment of a genuine constitution and rule of law has changed it for the better. The people of this nation are terribly upset about all the negative rumors. As the African Sun Times quoted the president of Equatorial Guinea: “archaic news and perception” of the country. President Obiang Nguema said, “Critics are free to

criticize as per their freedom of expression. However, there are some who wish to undermine the sovereignty of nations and the equality for its people. This [the Summit] is a golden opportunity to come to know our country, which is small but rich in opportunity and culture.” He added, “Unfortunately, we now face new-colonialism; where some nations continue to practice that they are above others. Today, theories show that life proceeded from Africa. Slavery was an invasion of African


culture and destruction of our values. The AU [African Union] shows that Africa can unite and contribute to the global stage as a nation.” As for uninformed critics, the president advised: “Come and visit Equatorial Guinea or shut up.” We enjoyed our visit to the lovely capital city of Malabo. The airport had a nice lounge and the hospitality was genuine. From there, we got on a bus and checked into the 5-star Sofitel Hotel Sipopo. We were on Bioko Island, which is

actually located about 70 miles from the mainland. In fact, the island is close to the nation of Cameroon. The first language is Spanish and a noticeable number of residents speak French. I assume the French speaking folks are workers coming in from Cameroon to meet the labor demands. Labor demands? Yes, this nation is experiencing the greatest economic growth in Africa. There is very little unem-

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By Askia Muhammad

The Late Great Congressional Black Caucus

Very soon the nation’s capital will witness discussions and debates about the major issues of our day, along with wall-to-wall parties. It will be the 42nd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus [CBC] – the “conscience of the Congress.” It may be the last time the CBC can wear that title in truth. What? That’s right, the CBC is on

the cusp of its largest membership ever and for the first time there may be three – count them – three Black Republican members of Congress serving with 44 or more Black Democrats, and one of the Republicans is already planning its destruction. There have been distinguished Black Republicans in Congress in this modern era. The first Blacks to ever serve in Congress were Reconstruction Republicans. Even in the 20th century, Chicago’s Oscar DePriest was a Republican.

Blacks were Republicans because President Lincoln freed the slaves, and the Democrats represented the interests of the slave owners. Then, after President Lyndon Johnson, pressured by the Civil Rights Movement, passed the Voting Rights Act and other important laws, the Republicans then saw and exploited White hatred for Black people with President Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” which flipped the script, replacing White “Dixie-crats” with White

Republicans. Black voters then migrated wholesale to the Democratic Party. The Congressional Black Caucus was founded in 1971 with a handful of Black Democrats in the House of Representatives. The CBC has grown to 43 members and promises to increase to as many as 46 Black members after the 2012 elections. Now, for the first time in history, a Black female Republican – Saratoga Springs, Utah Mayor Mia Love – is a shoo-in to be elected, and she promises to join

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the CBC and wreck it. There are currently two Republican members of Congress: Reps. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Allen West of Florida. West is a member of the CBC, Scott is not. Before Scott and West were elected in 2010, there have been a handful of Black Republicans in Congress since the 1990s. The most prominent of them was Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma. Watts rose higher than any Black

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A Morehouse fan is hoisted high above the crowd while the audience listens to rappers Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick before the start of the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, September 1. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Morehouse Emotions Run High in Football Rivalry By Charles E. Sutton WI Staff Writer


housands of Howard and Morehouse alumni and supporters converged on the parking lots at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast last Saturday afternoon to participate in a host of activities that accompanied the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic. Revelers arrived days before by car, train and airplane. On the campus of Howard University in Northwest and in the streets of the District, alumni joined students to backslap, rally and cheer in support of their team. The celebrations got underway on Friday evening with a variety of parties, and fans hosted tailgate parties all day Saturday. “Everybody I run into is talking about this game,” said Kimbrough Adams, 20, a Morehouse junior from Houston. “My boys from Howard have been talkin’ trash about this all year long. We decided in the spring that I would come up to D.C. with some of my

Morehouse fellas and kick it with them. It’s Howard and Morehouse. It’s always one huge trash-talkin’ party.” The trash talking didn’t stop at the football game as alumni bantered back and forth about their schools’ academic tradition. Howard hosted “The Game Before the Game”: Mordecai Wyatt Johnson -Benjamin E. Mays Student Debate, on August 31 at Cramton Auditorium. The spirited competition featured students from Howard who call their school “The Mecca” and Morehouse students who refer to their school as “The House.” Morehouse President Robert Franklin said the weekend’s events are an effort to showcase the best of black athletic and academic achievement. “There have been some high-profile attacks on historically black colleges and universities recently [and] the need for them and their viability,” Franklin said. “This gives us yet another opportunity to display all that we are about.” Saturday’s football game highlighted an event-filled

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weekend as arguably two of the most prestigious black universities played in the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic on September 1. Howard and Morehouse met in last year’s game and revived a gridiron rivalry that was abandoned nearly 16 years ago. Football classics have a long tradition among historically black universities as lists 44 classics that will be played during the 2012-13 college football season. Doug Williams, former Washington Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl XXII MVP, is currently the head football coach at Louisiana’s Grambling State University. Williams said that classics have provided an opportunity for black colleges to entertain large audiences. As a college quarterback at Grambling, Williams played in the inaugural Bayou Classic in 1974. “The Grambling Stadium wouldn’t hold 76,000 people, and Southern Stadium wouldn’t

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Rapper Doug E. Fresh entertains the crowd before the start of the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, September 1. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Security guards escort rapper Slick Rick to the stage before the start of the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, September 1.The concert with Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh energized the crowd. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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Dave McMillian, foreground, places fried fish into a pan held by Marcus Shaw during tailgating festivities before the start of the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, September 1. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

either, so we had to play someplace that was large enough to accommodate the people who wanted to see the game,” said Williams, 57. The rivalry between the Howard Bison and the Morehouse Maroon Tigers fizzled in 1997, but Erik Moses, senior vice president of Events DC, the organizer of the Nation’s Classic, said he expected a hard fought, well-attended game. And that’s exactly what the crowd got. “These two schools are both prestigious,” Moses said. “They compete with each other all the time and we thought that would make for a great rivalry on the football field.” Even Morehouse’s sister school, Spelman College, joined in the trash-talking tradition.

Carrie Davis, a 1999 graduate, made the trip to the District from Miami, Fla. Although she has never had any interest in sports, she couldn’t resist taking a jab at her school’s rival. “I don’t really care about the game itself, but it does give me a platform where I can talk smack with the best of them,” she said. Howard graduate Leonard Grimes appreciates a good verbal spar with Morehouse fans, but keeps it civil and clean. “We love coming over here to talk smack to the Morehouse students,” said Grimes, 40, a Baltimore resident. “We have constant verbal exchanges all in good fun. We try to keep the comments above the belt because we’re just poking fun. No one is out to offend anybody.” wi

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Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell Joins A-List Judge Lineup By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer For the past 14 years, gospel group Mary Mary has been judged on the merit of their music. And based on albums sales and awards, Erica and Tina Campbell, who are also sisters, have done extremely well. But the tables have turned. Erica Campbell will now judge others during a nationwide choir competition that rolls through the District on Sept. 12. Campbell is one of four judges who will select the country’s best gospel choir during Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound gospel celebration. The accomplished songstress said she’s excited to embark upon this new endeavor and listen to some of the best gospel choirs the nation has to offer. “I think that [the competition] is a way to reward them with a platform,” said Campbell, 40. “I’m really glad to be a part of this competition, it’s amazing. It is absolutely an event for the whole family. There aren’t many events like this that can cater to the whole family. It’s enjoyment for everybody.” Gospel heavyweights Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams will host the show; and Fred Hammond, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and CeCe Winans will join Campbell as judges on Sept. 12 at the Verizon Center in Northwest when How Sweet the Sound comes to the nation’s capital. Trini L. Massie and 4 The Caz of Christ of Pittsburgh, Pa; The Harvest Life Changers Church Choir of Woodbridge, Va.; The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale of Petersburg, Va.; 100 Men In Black Male Chorus of Durham, N.C.; Gentle Giant Music Ministries of Bethesda, Md.; and Elder Patrick Riddick and D’vyne Worship of Virginia Beach, Va. will perform for the panel of judges and gospel music enthusiasts. Campbell won’t reveal her scoring rubric, but she did list several traits that make or break a choir’s performance. “They have strong vocals, they are professional, they execute well, they’re sincere, well-rehearsed and they’re committed to excellence,” she said. “You can just see and feel [energy]. I’m excited about being a judge and about being honest about the good, the bad and the The Washington Informer

Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell will be in the District on Sept. 12 to judge Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound gospel celebration at the Verizon Center in Northwest. /Courtesy photo provided by It Is Done Communications

ugly of choirs.” Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound kicks off its fifth season on Sept. 6 in Dallas, Texas, before moving on to stops in Georgia, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois and California. Choirs that advance past the regional rounds will travel to New York City for the show’s finale on Nov. 4 and a chance to win $50,000 in cash and prizes. Competition judges aren’t the only ones who will enjoy the vocal performances. Campbell said that How Sweet the Sound has something for audiences as well. “If you love music, it’s like American Idol for choirs. They [the singers] bring their A-game,” she said. “I think it’s just entertaining. I think that people are going to be blessed by the music they hear. It’s not just a competition. You can feel the presence and power of the Lord. I hope everybody comes out and has a good time. It’s going to be amazing.” For Campbell, the fact that her expertise and opinion is highly valued by others who deem her an expert, is humbling. And the fact that she’ll share the stage with Walker, is also an added bonus. She counts among her musical influences Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, the Rev. Milton Brunson, Kirk Franklin and the Family and John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir. “It feels like a full-circle experience to be a judge on the show when I was just aiming to be a good choir member,” she said. Mary Mary ascended to national prominence in 1998 when

Dance, a song the duo wrote and performed, was featured in the film Dr. Dolittle. The song, Let Go, Let God, also performed by the sisters, was used in Disney’s The Prince of Egypt film that same year. The group has since won three Grammy Awards, an NAACP Image Award, a Black Entertainment Television Award and two American Music Awards. For all her success, Campbell surprisingly said that there isn’t a specific formula that she and her sister adhere to that makes them popular among gospel music aficionados or that gives them staying power in a competitive business. “I don’t know if there is a secret. We’re committed to working hard and to being our best,” she said. “We fully acknowledge that there are talented people out there. We don’t feel a sense of entitlement and we work hard to put the same passion and drive into every performance to make sure that it’s the best. We really feel blessed. For some reason, people pay attention. I’m going to keep singing as long as people will listen.” Tickets to the 2012 Verizon How Sweet the Sound are currently on sale. For more details about Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound, please visit Or, to purchase tickets go to or call 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Verizon box office.wi





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ARIES You’ve done a lot of things in life that no one has agreed with at the beginning. Finding agreement this week will be difficult, but it should not deter you from moving forward. Feeling sorry for your loneliness will discolor what you are doing. Be happy that you are alone. Soul Affirmation: I get joy from giving good things. Lucky Numbers: 2, 10, 31 TAURUS Eternal optimist, eternity is now. Get in touch with your hopefulness and be a beacon to others. Try not to be taken in by promises made by others or promises you’ve made to yourself. Concerning your own affairs, avoid contemplating lofty subjects and seeking long ranged solutions. Soul Affirmation: Time is the greatest peacemaker of them all. Lucky Numbers: 14, 28, 39 GEMINI Some say optimism is fantasy. Suppose the good thing you’re optimistic about never comes. This week you’ll know that the joy of anticipating it is joy enough. Just the certainty of coming goodness is present goodness. The joy of tomorrow is available this week. Soul Affirmation: This week is the week the Lord has made. I rejoice in it. Lucky Numbers: 22, 36, 38 CANCER You might be looking into the buying or selling of a piece of property, and this week seems to be a favorable week for this type of negotiation. Be careful with the intricacies of the matter. Pay attention to details or it could cost you a great deal later. Soul Affirmation: I care deeply about the feelings of others. Lucky Numbers: 11, 21, 35 LEO What a blessed week this will be. Spend it meditating on all that God has given you. This week think hard about some form of worship. Curtis Mayfield wrote a song called “Who Do You Love?” Someone should write one called “How Do You Love?” For your love lesson, the second song would be the one you should sing. Soul Affirmation: New intuitions create new plans and a new cast of characters. Lucky Numbers: 7, 16, 25

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LIFESTYLE Howard’s Gavette A. Richardson addresses the debate moderator during the second annual Mordecai Wyatt Johnson-Benjamin Mays Student Debate at Howard’s Cramton Auditorium in Northwest on Friday, August 31. /Photo by Roy Lewis

Howard University President Sidney Ribeau and Morehouse College President Robert M. Franklin stand with their respective debate teams during the second annual Mordecai Wyatt Johnson-Benjamin Mays Student Debate at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium in Northwest on Friday, August 31. /Photo by Roy Lewis

The Howard University and Morehouse College debate teams square off in the second annual Mordecai Wyatt Johnson-Benjamin Mays Student Debate at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium in Northwest on Friday, August 31. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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Back in college, one of my professors assigned a book that he called “one of the best books for globally-minded students.” The book, “Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered” consisted of a collection of essays by British economist E. F. Schumacher cautioning against the Western world’s love for the “bigger is better.” A decade into the new century, we are faced with an ironic twist to Schumacher’s thesis: Detroit –which made huge cars then – has lost its perch as the automobile supremo but has recently found salvation making small cars while Toyota, today’s largest carmaker, continues to make enormous profits selling some of the most fuel-efficient small cars like the Prius and the even smaller – today’s test car the Scion iQ. I am not sure how Schumacher would characterize the evolution of the auto market today, but I would argue that small is beautiful, as far as the Scion iQ is concerned. The iQ is so small, so light and rather fun-looking that even those who do not need this type of vehicle will find some utility in it. At 120.1 inches in length, it is substantially shorter [26.5 inches] than a Mini Cooper and looks really tiny parked next to the compact-size Toyota CoThe Washington Informer

rolla. The bug-eyed front with a very tiny grille, an oval shaped rear window, tail lights that almost wrap around the sides of the vehicle, small circular shaped windows near the rear of the car gives the iQ a cute and cuddly look. Despite the tiny exterior, four can squeeze in when necessary. A few tweaks in design that include a compact front-mounted differential, high-mount steering rack with electronic powersteering, and a compact airconditioning unit all amount to significant decreases in frontend length. Slim-back front seats optimize rear legroom, while what Toyota calls a “3+1” seating arrangement allows one adult to sit [rather uncomfortably] behind the front passenger and a child or small package behind the driver. I spent a week with the iQ and was surprised to find that it’s a zippy little car for trips around town. It darts and dashes in tight urban spots and is ideal for people who live in crowded cities. While two iQs could share a one car parking space on a tight downtown street, it is definitely not a family hauler. It is more an accessory for quick runs to the grocery store, the gym or as a commuter car if you are tired of the crowded Metro rush hour crowds. Even with just two passengers, long trips are not the iQ’s strong point. Sure, the front seats are

fairly comfortable and the interior is pleasant, but there’s ample wind noise at higher speeds, not to mention a constant buzzing from the compact engine. Toyota states that the iQ can cruise up to 100 mph. I would not recommend pushing the iQ that hard because highways are not the Scion’s happy zone. The 1.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine puts out only 95 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. Clocking 60 miles per hour will take about 12 seconds – which can be near a death wish when you are trying to merge with highway traffic. Still, around town, doing 25-45 mph, you’ll never feel like you’re struggling to keep up with traffic. The iQ comes standard with safety features that will please many drivers. It is packed with an industry leading 11 standard airbags, including the world’s first rear window airbag. If you don’t mind the size, the iQ is nicely priced starting at $15,265. For those who need a bigger vehicle, this price may seem like a ton of money when you consider that there are larger and more practical cars available for less money, among them the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Soul. The expected fuel mileage averages 35 mpg, not great for such a diminutive car but not terrible either.wi

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Cunningham Leads Howard over Morehouse True Freshman Quarterback Powers Bison to 30-29 Victory

Before Jamie Cunningham entered Saturday’s AT&T Nation’s Football Kickoff Classic, no one outside of his hometown of Greensboro, N.C., had heard of the quarterback. But after his stellar performance last Saturday afternoon, that will likely change. Howard head coach Gary Harrell turned to Cunningham in the second half of the game to replace starting quarterback Randy Liggins, who threw two touchdown passes in the game, after the junior lost his composure. Cunningham did not disappoint. With 22 seconds left in the contest, he tossed the gamewinning 13-yard touchdown strike to tight end David Wilson who leaped over a Morehouse defender to give the Bison a 30-29 victory over Morehouse on Sept. 1 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast. “When the opportunity came [to step in as quarterback] I was ready for it,” said the 6-foot-4, 205-pound true freshman. With 1:54 remaining in the game’s final quarter, Morehouse junior quarterback Donnay Ragland connected with redshirt  freshman wide receiver Devon Mann for a 72-yard touchdown pass. The quick strike looked to be the game-winning score and the answer to Howard’s touchdown just 20 seconds earlier. Morehouse fans erupted in cheers as it looked as if Morehouse would exorcise    last year’s demons and squeeze out a tight victory. But Cunningham proved too much for the Maroon Tiger defense and finished the evening          10 for 11 through the air for one touchdown and 79 yards passing.  His performance earned him game  MVP honors and also marked the  second consecutive year that a freshman received the coveted tro phy. Calm and collected, Cunning ham accepted his new hardware. “I appreciate the media voting me MVP. I played hard today,” Cunningham said post game. “Yeah, I was nervous, but coach [Harrell] told me to stay calm, stay        cool and no pressure. We all pre pare like we are on the first team so this wasn’t anything new.” Saturday’s loss was Morehouse’s second consecutive to Howard as the Bison defeated the Maroon Tigers 30-27 in last year’s inaugural AT&T Nation’s Kickoff Classic.    Howard holds the all-time series

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Howard TE David Wilson hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass from QB Jamie Cunningham that gave Howard the 30-29 victory over Morehouse on Saturday, September 1 during the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at RFK Stadium in Southeast. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

lead at 23-10-2. “It didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, but my hat goes off to Coach Harrell,” said Morehouse head coach Rich Freeman. “My squad made a valiant effort, but it just wasn’t enough to get it done today.” Both teams got off to a slow start and showed early-season signs of rust. Howard junior punt returner Brandon Flanagan lost the football on a bobbled punt that Morehouse defenders recovered at Howard’s 15-yard line, which gave the Maroon Tigers their best field position of the first quarter. But the drive failed to produce any points as Morehouse freshman kicker Dorian Greene’s 32-yard field goal attempt was blocked. Morehouse broke the stalemate when Greene connected on a 22yard field goal early in the second quarter, but Howard responded two minutes later when junior quarterback Randy Liggins connected with freshman wide receiver Jonathan Booker on a 50-yard touchdown pass on a perfectly thrown ball that hit the speedy wide receiver in stride and gave Howard a 7-3 lead. Both teams battled up and down the field for control of the game and swapped the lead six times after Liggins’ first touchdown pass. Morehouse moved the ball in

workman-like fashion throughout the contest and the Maroon Tigers outgained the Bison 472-317 in yards of total offense. Morehouse’s Ragland was lethal through the air as he gashed the Howard secondary for 238 yards on 14 completions. The Maroon Tigers were just as efficient on the ground as senior running back David Carter amassed 121 yards on 34 carries and scored two touchdowns. But the All-American back’s efforts fell short. “It was such a hard fought game and a tough loss for us too,” Carter said after the game. “It was exciting, but it’s hard to lose like that. We played as hard as we could.” After his impressive performance last Saturday, Cunningham will start at quarterback for Howard next week as the Bison travel to Rutgers on Sept. 8. But the freshman isn’t looking too far ahead. For now, he’s just enjoying the moment and the win over Morehouse. As is his head coach. “My team grew up today. They showed great character,” said Harrell. “… it feels good right now. It’s the first game of the season and we have the win underneath our belts.”wi

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Healthy Spirit and Healthy Body Tips Sorry to break the news to you, but we’re born as sinners, and we don’t have to do anything at all to sin – we’re going to sin – it’s inevitable. Scripture reminds us, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8 To be saved, we must accept Christ as our personal Savior. We will continue to be sinners if we don’t accept Christ. Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new  creature; the old things are  passed away; behold,  new  things have come.” Christianity takes a special effort on our part. We must accept Christ as our personal Savior; we must change our ways, turn and go in new directions; separate ourselves from the world; and be a light to lead others to Christ. We please God when we lead others to his son. The same applies for those of us who wish to have good health; we’ve got to change our diets and adopt healthier eating habits, if we don’t try, we will continue to eat foods that we thoroughly enjoy but are detrimental to our health and well-being. It’s synonymous with temptation: it’s lurking in every crevice and corner – fast food restaurants abound; good home cooked meals, even though they may raise our cholesterol or our blood pressure, we eat the food without thinking twice about our bodies and the consequences that may result from ingesting those meals. Ultimately, our health hinges in the balance. If we want a healthy body,

we’ve got to put forth special effort, the same way as when you accept Christ. So eat fewer carbohydrates, less sweets; more green leafy vegetables and plenty of protein. Then, make it a point to exercise daily; it’s not guaranteed, but you will certainly have a better chance of enjoying a far better quality of life. We have to take a look at this comparison, and realize that for a healthy spiritual life, Christianity takes work on our part, just like you work to maintain your health by taking those daily walks. Our health will continue to deteriorate if we don’t take the time to do what’s required. On the other hand, our faith and trust in God will decrease if we don’t meditation; do what’s necessary to make us strong, stay in the Word, go to church regularly, go to Bible study, read the Bible, treat others with dignity and respect, love one another, and treat your neighbor as yourself! And when you accept Christ as your personal Savior, you won’t be perfect with that either; but as long as you are humble and sincere, and follow some guidelines that include spending time with the Master on a daily basis; pray without ceasing; listen and hear His voice, but better than that, be sure to do what He tells you to do; ask for forgiveness, also forgive others; ask Christ to use your body as His vessel for His will. I hear His voice as I write this column. This week, I’ve written for three days, hearing what the Master is instructing me to tell

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you. You’ve got to put forth effort too, giving it your all. When you find yourself like Paul, with evil all around you; remember God still loves you, even when you find yourself in a mess. He can and will turn your mess into your message, and he’s no respecter of persons. What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you as well. Sin entered the world when Adam ate the forbidden fruit. God told Adam “... of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof  thou shalt surely die.”  Genesis 2:17 wi Lyndia Grant is a writer and radio talk show host who lives in the Washington metropolitan area. Contact her with comments at fanniestelle@yahoo. com, or call 202-518-3192.

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

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

Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney. • Pastor 2568 MLK Jr., Ave., S.E. Washington, D.C. 20020 (202) 889-3877 (o) • (202) 678-1291 (fax) Services and Times 7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Small Groups/Church School: 9:00 a.m. Small Group Bible Study Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Noon Thursday 7:39 p.m. God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, Humankind one Family

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

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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

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

Church of Living Waters

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

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Israel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. 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 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

St. Luke Baptist Church

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730 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

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

Zion Baptist Church

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)

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

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

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

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

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

Salem Baptist Church

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

Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motto: God First

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Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United 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

Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr. Pastor

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

75 Rhode Island Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 667-4448

2616 MLK Ave., SE • Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 • Fax 202-678-3304 Early Worship Service 7:30a.m Worship Service 10:45a.m. New Members Class 9:30a.m. Holy Communion : 1st Sunday -10:45a.m Church School 9:30a.m. Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: Wednesday 7p.m Bible Study : Saturday: 11a.m. Baptism: 4th Sunday – 10:45a.m “Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

Peace Baptist Church

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

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

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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Washington Redskins 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3


The Redskins rested their starters for the fourth and final game of the preseason. Fourthround draft pick Kirk Cousins played into the third quarter and completed 15 of 27 passes for 222 yards and an interception on Wednesday, August 29 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas


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AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Howard Defeats Morehouse 30-29

Howard players and coaches hoist the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic trophy for their fans at the end of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at RFK Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, September 1. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Morehouse RB David Carter breaks from the Howard defense to score a touchdown on Saturday, September 1 during the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at RFK Stadium in Southeast. Howard defeated Morehouse 30-29. /Photo by John E. De Freitas Howard University President Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau shares a celebratory hug with his wife Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau following the play that gave Howard the 30-29 win over Morehouse on Saturday, September 1 during the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at RFK Stadium in Southeast. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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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. 2012 ADM 702 Lya P. Wagner (aka Lya Petra Wagner) Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lorenz A. Wheatley, whose address is 1302 Allison Street, NE Washington, DC 200172709, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lya P. Wagner (aka Lya Petra Wagner), who died on July 8, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 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 February 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: August 23, 2012

COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 804 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ronald Anthony, whose address is 632 Riggs Road, NE, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Genese Anthony, who died on April 23, 2004 without a Will, and will serve with 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 March 6, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 6, 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: September 6, 2012 Ronald Anthony

Lorenz A. Wheatley Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 773 Thomas E. Garner Decedent James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Coletta J. Garner, whose address is 7510 Newburg Drive, Lanham, MD 20706 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Thomas E. Garner, who died on April 10, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 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 February 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: August 23, 2012 Coletta J. Garner Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 808 Willie William Flood Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Willie Julius Flood, whose address is 1343 Fairmont St., NW, Washington, DC 20009, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Willie William Flood, who died on May 28, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 6, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 6, 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: September 6, 2012 Willie Julius Flood Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Obama. In his Wednesday night speech, he said “None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers, a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life.” What entitlements is he talking about? Subsidies to Head Start, proven to make a difference in early childhood education? Unemployment benefits, which many in his Janesville, Wisconsin hometown community used when a General Motors plant closed under President George Bush not, as he suggested, President Obama? Would he remove Pell grant subsidies to college students? Would he eliminate Social Security? Does he visit national parks? Government subsidies built that. Does he ride on any of our nation’s government subsidized roads and highways? Ryan has told us what he feels about Medicare, but his slam on government entitlements ignores the work government has done. Who built the roads? “We” didn’t. Government did, with

the help of well-paid contractors. If Republicans want to know what “we” built, they need to look back to the record of former President George W. Bush. That president built a banking crisis, and gave banks nearly $800 billion to bail themselves out. Bush built an unemployment rate that continued to soar under the leadership of his successor, President Barack Obama. Republicans need to be reminded of who built what when they walk into our nation’s capital. Some folks eagerly claim credit for their quasiaccomplishments. Others toil, and it takes more than 200 years for our nation to grudgingly acknowledge them. As a descendent of enslaved people, that “we built it” rhetoric repels me. wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

theme of hope and change, there is not much of either today. His severest critics note that after promising change – that’s about all they have left in their pockets after nearly four years of his leadership. Of course, it’s impossible to bring about change by yourself. And Obama was naïve to believe that he could single-handedly change the political bickering in Washington. The party out of power is always plotting to re-gain control. However, Republicans reached a new low when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced before Obama was sworn in that his top priority was to make sure Obama was a one-term president. And Republicans have sought to block Obama’s major initiatives, including his signature Affordable Care Act. They outmaneuvered him on extending the Bush tax cuts. On the campaign trail, Obama promised to extend the Bush tax cuts only for individuals earning less than $200,000 and couples making less than $250,000, a

position favored by most Americans. However, Obama consented to a GOP plan extending all tax cuts supposedly in exchange for extending unemployment benefits. Obama should have stood his ground and forced Republicans to vote on whether to extend unemployment benefits to people who had lost their jobs. House Republicans learned early that they could simply pretend to be interested in adopting bipartisan legislation. In an effort to court them, Obama would propose legislation that he hoped would appeal to conservatives. They would play along right up to the end and withdraw from the process, leaving Obama with proposals that even his base couldn’t support. The test this week for Obama is to demonstrate that he isn’t the same naïve former U.S. Senator he was four years ago in Denver. With Republicans hell-bent on not seeing Obama return to the White House, he needs to show that he has more than just the audacity of hope. wi

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error of 3.1 percent. That means that Romney probably will not match John McCain’s unimpressive 4 percent in 2008. By comparison, George W. Bush captured 11 percent of the Black vote in 2004. Both Obama and Bill Clinton were elected president without receiving a majority of the White vote. And Obama can do it again this year. Look at how this plays out in the battleground state of North Carolina, which Obama carried by only 4,177 votes – or 0.3 percent – in 2008. Blacks make up 22 percent of North Carolina’s population. Over the past decade, 1.5 million people migrated to North Carolina – 61.9 percent of them non-White. According to demographers quoted by the Charlotte Observer, Obama can carry the state by winning just 36 percent to 37 percent of the White vote. Obama’s larger problem is that after campaigning four years ago on a

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Muhammad continued from Page 23 man in Republican history. He became Chair of the House Republican Caucus, the fourth highest position in the party. Watts resigned from the leadership and retired from Congress without explanation, but I reckon it was because of his frustration at the racism he felt

behind closed doors from his fellow Republicans. Watts did not join the CBC, but his contemporary Rep. Gary Franks (R-Conn.) did, but he was marginalized in the organization because of his contrary views. He was not permitted in CBC strategy meetings. He was not even allowed to attend the first 30 minutes of the group’s weekly Wednesday luncheon meetings.

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survival. . . This rise and fall -this two steps forward for three steps backward -- is not inevitable unless we choose to forget the lessons we’ve learned from the past.” We are once again at a critical turning point for our children and nation. Despite all the harsh lessons of the past and all the lofty rhetoric about who we want and need to be as a 21st century multicultural nation in a multiracial and multicultural world, we’re heading in the wrong direction—backwards into a second Post-Reconstruction Era. We need to correct course and challenge the huge and interlocking economic and racial inequality that threaten the very idea of America. Muhammad said, “We’ve heard so much from people

over these last couple of years wanting to ‘take the country back’—prompting many of us, of course, to think, ‘Back to what?’ . . . If you hadn’t heard, Black and Brown babies are being born for the first time in American history at faster rates than White babies. The challenge here is to make sure that we don’t move towards apartheid, with a White minority running a majority Black and Brown country.” Are we up to that challenge? When it comes to racial inequality will we keep taking two steps forward and three back? Or, will America continue to move forward to ensure a level playing field for every child of every color and every income regardless of the lottery of birth? wi

ployment. Cranes and construction are evident everywhere. The section of the island known as Sipopo is actually a brand new community. Restaurants, mansions (53 new mansions representing the 53 nations of Africa), hotels, a hospital and the elegant brand new conference center. I don’t believe there is anything in the United States like this new structure. Designed by a Turkish firm and built by a Chinese construction management company, it is certainly a message to the world: “Equatorial Guinea is open for business”. The African Union held its annual convention there as a formal grand opening. Each head of state stayed in one of the fully furnished, 15-room mansions. Each mansion still flies the flag of each respective country out front to symbolize the royal visit. The estates will soon be offered

to the open market at a bargainbasement cost of approximately $2 million each. Like all buildings on Sipopo, the mansions face the gorgeous coastline. The nine of us from the National Black Chamber of Commerce broke away from the formal agenda and started to network with government ministers who directed us to some of their successful entrepreneurs. This was a treasure trove of opportunities. They want African American businesses to come and joint venture with their businesses. The government controls many of the contracts and they are determined to build their businesses via these joint ventures. They will tell any prime vendor or contractor that a large portion of any project will include local Black businesses and, if needed, a partnering African American firm. One minister told us, “All proposals will be seriously considered.” As I write this, cham-

ber members have one executed contract and four others are in the developing stage. In essence, what we saw was a democratic nation with a populace that smiles and exudes happiness and optimism. There is definitely free enterprise and the natural resources – oil, natural gas, gold, diamonds, rich farmland, lumber and a great fishing industry, all ensuring a robust economy and a well-funded government. At our upcoming international entrepreneurial conference,, in Houston (November 15-18), we will be analyzing and discussing the “Equatorial Guinea Model.” This process should be emulated throughout the African Diaspora. wi Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: Email:

But he was alone then. I thought I was the only one thinking that if Love gets elected this November, beginning with her inauguration in January 2013 she would bring about the subversion of everything for which the CBC stands. But she has already said so publicly. She would not be alone however. I figure she will persuade Scott to join her and West as members of the CBC. Together the three of them will be able to form a contrarian caucus within the CBC. That is, with three of them working in concert, as White Republicans have done for the last four years, they will oppose anything even mildly progressive the CBC even considers. But I

thought she’d keep her scheme a secret until she was ready to attack. I was wrong. “Yes, yes. I would join the Congressional Black Caucus and try to take that thing apart from the inside out,” Love told the Salt Lake City Deseret News months ago. If she’s got two other open GOP members of the CBC supporting her, along with conservative Democrats in the CBC like David Scott of Georgia and Greg Meeks of New York, the Democrats will not be able to isolate them all. They will get on committees, water down policy positions, and by their infiltration, report back to the White Republicans what the CBC – the

“conscience of the Congress” – is planning next. Love, who is the daughter of Haitian immigrants, has not even been to her motherland since the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010, which rocked the country killing 316,000 of her “family” members and ruining the lives of millions more. She has not done anything publicly to raise one dime for innocent Haitian victims, even as dozens of Blacks and Whites with no ties to that land have given millions. I’m sad to say, Mia will not bring any “Love” to the Congressional Black Caucus when she’s elected in November, only chaos and gridlock. Bye, bye, CBC. wi

ending rather than a continuing struggle demanding continuing vigilance. He insisted, “Too often in this country change and progress have been short-lived and history has been forgotten . . . We must have a firm commitment to teaching young people the history of racism—not as a static, unchanging evil, but as a constantly evolving system of beliefs, practices, and policies that are capable of adapting to new circumstances, including a Black president. Each generation must relearn the past in light of the present, and each generation must discern for itself the relative challenges that discrimination and inequality present for its

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