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Lawrence Guyot never backed down from a fight. Any hint of injustice, brought the warrior in him to the fore. /Courtesy Photo

Lawrence Guyot never encountered a fight he didn’t relish and that willingness to put his body, ideals and life on the line is what those who knew him remember in the days since his death on Friday, Nov. 23. Guyot, a renowned civil rights activist, died at his home in Mt. Rainier, Md., following a long illness. He is survived by wife Monica, two children, Lawrence III, Julie and four grandchildren. The Mississippi native was one of the young foot soldiers – black and white – who fought to topple the centuries-old tradition of segregation and who faced down savage packs of white racists intent on maintaining the status quo. “My best recollection is that I’ve known him since 1962 when I met him in Mississippi,” said Ward 8 Council member and four-term D.C. Mayor Marion Barry – one of the students who heeded the call for freedom … We were revolutionaries in our own thinking who stayed in Mis-

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sissippi until black people were empowered. Only three percent of the registered voters in Mississippi were black but blacks made up 42 percent of the population. Everything was segregated.” Barry, 76, said Guyot came to the District in the 1960s and worked on his mayoral campaign in the late ’70s. “A bunch of SNCC [Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee] people worked at the grassroots level,” Barry recalled. “He worked in D.C. government but could not be contained by a 9-5 job. He worked for people at the city council and as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. He was an unsung hero. While a lot of people were all over TV, he was in the trenches.” Guyot became an integral part of the fabric of District politics and advocacy. Denise Reed said she first met Guyot when she worked on Eleanor Holmes Norton’s first congressional campaign in 1990. “He was always a step ahead in

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Women Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence By Tia Carol Jones WI Staff Writer

When L.Y. Marlow's 23-yearold daughter told her the father of her daughter threatened her life, and the life of their child, she knew something had to be done. Out of her frustration with law enforcement's handling of the situation, she decided to start the Saving Promise campaign. “It seems to be a vicious cycle that won't turn my family loose,” Marlow said. Marlow shared her story with the audience at the District Heights Domestic Violence Symposium on May 7 at the District Heights Municipal Center. The symposium was sponsored by the Family and Youth Services Center of the city of District By Elton Heights andHayes the National HookWI Staff Writer Up of Black Women. Marlow has written a book, District Columbia Public “Color Me of Butterfly,” which is a story about four generations of Schools (DCPS) Athletic DidomesticStephanie violence. The is rector Evansbook coninspiredher by her own experiences, tinued crackdown on rules and those among of her grandmother, violations District high her mother daughter. schools whenandsheherdisqualified She said every sheSchool reads Woodrow Wilsontime High excerpts from her book, she still from play in the District of Cocan not believe the words came lumbia Interscholastic Athletic from her. “Color Me Butterfly” Association (DCIAA) won the 2007 National varsity “Best football championship. Books” Award. Wilson parents and players “I was just 16-years-old when received word of the and team’s my eye first blackened my disqualification on said. Nov. 16. A lips bled,” Marlow meeting called for thepresifolElaine was Davis-Nickens, dent of day the and National Hook-Up lowing the news sent of Black Women, saidthe there is no shockwaves through Wilson consistency in the way domestic community. violence issues arestarted dealt with by “The principal off the meeting and was very emotional,” said Cheri Cooper Harris, whose son, a senior, played on Wilson’s football team. “He was holding back tears and basically explained to us that DCPS said that we had an ineligible player and that we were being stripped of playing in the Turkey Bowl championship.” Evans and DCPS officials handed down the disqualification after a former Wilson player was arrested on alleged armed robbery charges in Maryland on October 14. The ensuing police investigation uncovered that the player lives in Maryland, and not the District, making the player ineligible to play for head coach Mark Martin and the Tigers. Wilson, located in Northwest,

law enforcement. She said they had come together to bring a sense of uniformity in the way domestic violence victims and survivors are treated. “She's using her own personal story, her own personal pain to push forward,” Davis-Nickens said about Marlow. Davis-Nickens said anyone who reads Marlow's book will “get it.” She said she “puts the case in such a way, the average person can get it.” She said at the end of the day, the book will help people begin to have a dialogue about domestic violence. Also present at the event was Mildred Muhammad, the exwife of John Allen Muhammad, who was sentenced to six consecutive life terms without parole by a Maryland jury for his role in the Beltway Sniper attacks in was forced to forfeit two of its 2002. Mildred Muhammad is league games that the ineligible the founder of After the Trauma, player participated in during an organization that helps the the regular season. survivors of domestic violence “The we are trying to and theirmessage children. send is thatinwe areforgoing to clean “I lived fear six years. Six this saidisEvans. yearsup,” in fear a long “We time.want It is there to easy be a fair playing field.out If not an thing to come of,” she said.that we take on one that means Mildred Muhammad said school at a time until we clean it people who want to message help a up and people get the domestic violence of what will and willvictim not bemust tolbe careful of how they erated, then that’s what go we into are the victim's going to do.”life, and understand that she may be in “survival But Wilson supporters conmode”. tend that the fact “Before youplayer get todoes 'I'mingoing live in the District with his father to kill you,' it started as a verbal and grandmother, that he and his family presented documentation on several occasions and that school officials were not given the proper opportunity to present their side to DCPS officials. Parents from Wilson retained Largo, Md., attorney Cynthia Goode Works to mediate on the school’s behalf. Goode Works said that Evans and DCPS officials originally decided not to pursue the issue of the player’s ineligibility, but did so at a later date for reasons unknown. Goode Works also said that given additional time, Wilson High School would have filed an injunction on this year’s championship game. “We would have sought a preliminary injunction to stop the Turkey Bowl, but we decided that it was not in the best interest of everyone to go forward,” Goode Works said. “DCPS made a decision on Nov. 6 that they would

threat,” she said. Among the programs Marlow wants to see implemented are stricter restraining order policies, more rights for victim's families to intervene on behalf of a victim, a domestic violence assessment unit coupled with further training for law enforcement agencies, a Child's Life Protection Act and mandatory counseling for batterers. “If we are ever going to eradicate domestic violence, we must look at both sides of the coin. We need to address both the victim and the batterer,” Marlow said. Marlow would also like to see programs designed to raise awareness among children in public and private schools. She feels children need to be educated about domestic not hear the protestviolence. of disquali“We have to stop being pasfication. For reasons unclear to sive-aggressive with poor chilanyone here, they decided to go dren about domestic violence,” forward with reviewing this disMarlow said. Marlow hasSometime worked to break qualification. between the cycle of abuse in her family, Nov. 6 and Nov. 16, it was resand is confident the policies she urrected after is pushing forStephanie will startEvans that said the protest was [originally] process. untimely.” “I plan to take these policies to Congress andwhich implore themdeto Anacostia, Wilson change our laws,” Marlow said. feated 40-20 in the DCIAA “I will not stop until these polisemifinals on Nov. 10, replaced cies are passed.” Wilson in this Turkey Tia Carol Jones year’s can be reached Bowl and was defeated at tiacaroljones@sbcglobal.net12-8 by Dunbar High School. DunWI bar, located in Northwest, dealt with its own ineligibility issues last season. Former head coach Ashaa Cherry was fired last year for allowing three ineligible players on the team. Wilson is the second school in two months to be surrounded by controversy concerning ineligible players. DCPS fired H.D. Woodson head coach Greg Fuller in October after a 13-year career at the Northeast school for allegedly allowing an ineligible player to participate in the team’s football games. Parents like Cooper Harris believe that the biggest losers in situations like Wilson’s and Woodson’s aren’t the schools or coaches. L.Y. Marlow “Our biggest thing in all of this, is who was ever concerned about our children,” she said. “Where is the voice for them?” wi

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and our most vulnerable citizens. And they are being persuasive.” Brown said that people are saying that he got a “raw deal” on Nov. 6. During the campaign, Brown was criticized by his opponents and the media for problems related to his personal and campaign finances and personal conduct. He said the accusations against him were unfair. “Since I have been on the council, there have been no ethical or legal issues with me,” Brown said. “I do not believe that I was given a fair shake.” Johnson Defends Himself, Talks Politics Lenwood Johnson, the longtime Ward 1A10 advisory neighborhood commissioner who was defeated in the Nov. 6 general election, wants to set the record straight about his personal use of a government cell phone. Published reports indicated that Johnson, 52, used the cell phone given to 1A commissioners for use for public business to call adults-only chat lines. Johnson said that isn’t the full story. “This was an effort by my opponent [Anthony Cimino] and commissioners who don’t like me to get me out of office,” he said. “That is why they brought this out. I have had this phone since 2008 and it is the only phone that I have.” Johnson has served as a commissioner since 1992, with breaks. In 1996, he ran unsuc-


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Leslie Peterson Oxon Hill, Md. The whole team should have been disqualified. They played the entire season with that particular player and made it to the Turkey Bowl championship with [his help]. Ultimately, he lives in Maryland and not the District of Columbia. Where a particular student lives should be on record, so the school or a teacher should have known.

Joseph Darden Alexandria, Va. The player alone should have been disqualified. It’s pointless to punish the whole team and diminish all of their hard work because of the actions of one player. It doesn’t make sense to make everyone suffer because of the actions of one person. These are high school-aged kids so there’s a good chance that they all weren’t aware that he lived in Maryland.


Sean Hoggard Washington, D.C. I believe that the player should [have been] disqualified. The team shouldn’t have been punished for what he did. The other players played hard, abided by the rules off of the field and shouldn’t have suffered the consequences because of the player in question. The player who broke the rules should have been the only one penalized.

Baraka Payne Washington, D.C. It’s one of those situation were one bad apple can damage the whole bunch. Although the penalty was harsh, it was justifiable. The best thing would have been to conduct a full investigation to find out who really knew about it, but time was of the essence and officials had to act quickly. Yes, the punishment was harsh, but [officials] did it to show that lying and cheating are not acceptable. It’s unfortunate for the players who worked hard to get to the Turkey Bowl, but officials had to come down pretty harshly.

Marvin Wooten Alexandria, Va. It’s a tough situation. A coach and school officials abide by the information they’re given from the player. In a situation like this, where a [player’s] family didn’t provide the right information ahead of time, it’s tough to hold a school and the members of the football program accountable for that one action. It’s a difficult situation and I feel bad for the guys on the football team, but someone has to be held accountable. I just wish it wasn’t the members of [Wilson’s] football program.

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WARRIOR continued from Page 1 everything. I can’t tell the number of times he foretold something and a year later, I would say, ‘He was right.”’ said Reed, a government employee. “When Tony Williams was chief financial officer, he said Williams was going to be our next mayor. A lot of times he would sit back and not say anything and when he talked, you got an earful. He was his own EF Hutton.” Reed recalled the long conversation she had with Guyot late last year when he regaled her and a friend following a PBS screening of “Freedom Riders.” “He talked a lot about his Civil Rights days,” Reed said. “He touched on it when we met that night. It is a lesson to us all about oral history. I think what first comes to mind is he just wasn’t afraid to speak his mind and he was always seeking to impart wisdom. He connected the past with [the present], so people would learn from it, gain strength from it, not forget and keep in mind the relevance of his experience. Whatever he said, I was always happy to hear.” Dorie Ann Ladner, a close friend of Guyot’s and another of his Civil Rights compatriots, called him a fearless warrior in civil rights, housing, jobs and justice. “He was a political animal. I’d

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call him every day and ask what was on the agenda,” said Ladner, 70, who met Guyot as a teenager in 1961. Ladner was a founding member of the Council of Federal Organizations in Clarkesdale, Miss., an umbrella organization which included Civil Rights martyr Medgar Evers, SNCC, the NAACP, the Congress on Racial Equality and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. “We launched ‘Freedom Summer’ and in the summer of ’61, ’62, I went home and told my mother I was going back to Jackson to get my freedom,” she said. Ladner said she met Guyot at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., in 1961 when she was a sophomore and he was an upperclassman. She said she and her sister Joyce got involved with Freedom Riders “in the body of Diane Nash, James Bevel, Paul Brooks, and Marion Barry, who remained in Mississippi around the right to vote.” “When I met them, it was like Hallelujah. We wanted to get involved and those few of us went into Jackson to talk … about our rights,” said Ladner. “I asked Guyot if he wanted to go with us. We lived about 10 miles from the city limits. It was something he liked and he stayed with it.” Ladner said Guyot paid a horrific price in his fight for freedom and equality. “He was in Parchment Prison

at least two times that I know of,” she said. “In Greenwood, he looked like one of the Somali refugees. He’d lost 100 pounds and had his head shaved. They turned on the heat at night, tortured them. Once, they had to jump out of a window in Greenwood. I often joked with him about how he got out the window because he was always robust, but he said ‘you gotta do what you gotta do…’” In 1962, Guyot began work with SNCC and two years later was named director of the Freedom Summer Project in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was also the founding chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which sought to include African Americans in the Democratic Party’s Mississippi delegation. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans (D), said he’ll miss his friend. “I knew him very well, he was a longtime friend,” said Evans, who has served on the council since 1991. “He was always an activist in the community, stood up for the little guy and promoted justice. He was very much in that school.” Evans, 59, said he learned that Guyot was “beaten, hosed and dogged” and was very impressed with his activism. “A sense of justice drove him

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around the region WARRIOR continued from Page 8 from the beginning of his life,” said Evans. “He was a good advisor on sticky issues. He would give me advice in the hallway or come to my office. I don’t think a lot of people knew what he did. He did not get his due. I don’t know what the comparable situation is, probably a soldier on the frontlines. He did his job, did it well. He deserved and deserves all the accolades.” Evans’ colleague, Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), spoke fondly about the political environment of Rutgers University in the early ’70s where the pair attended law school. “D.C. and the nation have lost one of the Civil Rights movement’s perhaps less well-known, yet enormously influential figures,” said Cheh, 61. “Lawrence Guyot was a remarkable man, who made extraordinary sacrifices for voting rights and equality for all. Among his many contributions to our country’s political and social progress, I am especially grateful for his voice in the D.C. statehood fight and his ser-

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vice to the District. Up to the last moments of his life, he appeared before the council and other bodies to argue for workers’ rights and the rights of the less fortunate.” D.C. Mayor Gray also praised Guyot. “With the passing of Lawrence Guyot, the District of Columbia and the nation as a whole have lost a stalwart champion of justice,” said Gray, 70. “As a young student and activist in his native Mississippi, he was steadfast in his advocacy for guaranteeing Civil Rights and voting rights for all Americans. After Lawrence became a District resident, he

continued that legacy of advocacy for enfranchisement, organizing and cheerleading for D.C. statehood.” Ken Fealing, former ANC commissioner and 49-year-old political activist, said he’s deeply affected by Guyot’s death. “To me, he was the model of citizen activism,” he said. “As a fellow ANC commissioner, I saw him as an intellectual giant for civil and human rights. His was a voice that we seldom hear today because of complacency and limited activism … His energy, intellect, and voice was a model for citizen activism and citizen leadership.”wi


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This Week’s Top Story: Charter Schools Mulls New Way to Measure Adult Ed During a recent board meeting, the local public charter system, which operates the long-running adult-oriented program at Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts in Northwest (also known as the Virtual Enterprise Program), discussed establishing a new framework for its adult education curriculum that will take into account different ways to measure their effectiveness. As a result, the system is poised to open the issue up to public comment.


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be used to solve common infrastructure problems. Wright is also developing a County-wide initiative to identify students in the Prince George’s County Public School System (PGCPS), who are high achievers and have demonstrated an extraordinary aptitude for technology related disciplines. He dedicates countless hours working with young people, including tutoring, mentoring and coaching.

Arts and Entertainment: R Kelly Gets Broadway Offer Singer R Kelly announced recently he’s been asked to bring his infamous characters from “Trapped in the Closet” to the stage, and that he may even be in some of the performances. National: Troubles Continue for Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. The embattled Illinois congressman’s abrupt resignation from Congress might end his once-promising political career, but his troubles continue after admitting to mistakes and publicly confirming that he is under a federal investigation. International: Anger over President Morsi’s Power Grab Tensions erupt after protesters torched the offices of Egypt’s ruling Islamist party in several cities last week – just one day after President Mohamed Morsi issued a sweeping decree granting himself broad new powers and putting his decisions above any challenges by the country’s courts.

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Prince George’s County Council Approves Wright as Chief Information Officer WI Staff Report Today, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III’s appointment of Vennard Wright as Chief Information Officer for Prince George’s County Government. “I am extremely pleased that the County Council concurred with my recommendation and has approved the appointment of Vennard Wright to serve as the Director of The Office of Information Technology (OIT),” said Baker. “Technology is at the core of how this government delivers services both internally and externally and it was important to have someone who clearly understands the connection between government services and technology. I am confident that Vennard’s leadership and his credentials as an information technology profes-

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sional will further enhance the tremendous and innovative efforts he has already begun while serving as acting director. Vennard’s impressive contribution of articles in the field of information technology, coupled with his professional background and cutting-edge experiences are a win-win for the County.” Wright brings over fifteen year of IT experience to Prince George’s County. He has held numerous positions ranging from Senior Program Manager for CRGT, Inc, Chief Technology Officer for Electronic Data Systems, Director of Research & Development for Zegato Solutions, Inc. to Director of Technology for Friends of Hillary Clinton during her successful U.S. Senate re-election campaign. Mr. Wright also occasionally serves as a guest columnist for several publications and has been a lecturer at a variety of technology conferences. His writings and lectures often focus on implementing the latest technologies and project management methodologies that can

The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources’ Animal Management Division (AMD) invites residents to adopt a pet for their “All I Want for the Holidays Is …You” Adoption Event. During the month of December, adoption fees for dogs will be $100, resulting in a savings to you of $100. Cat adoption fees will be $45, which is a savings of over $100. In addition, the cat adoption fee will be waived for a second cat or kitten that is adopted at the same time. The adoption fees include the cost of the spay/neuter surgery, a County license, microchip and all age-appropriate vaccinations. “Fulfill the holiday wish of a homeless animal at the Animal Services Facility by giving them the gift of a loving home,” said AMD Associate Director Rodney Taylor. “I encourage you to visit the Facility this holiday season to find the perfect pet for your family.” To view the animals available for adoption, log onto www. or contact AMD at (301) 780-7200 for more information.wi

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D.C. Council member Marion Barry supports the St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion. /Courtesy Photo


Enthusiasm Builds for St. E’s Gateway Pavilion By James Wright WI Staff Writer Many of Ward 8’s  political and community leaders have embraced the construction of  a multi-faceted facility on the east campus of the St. Elizabeths complex in Southeast. Charles Wilson, an advisory

neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 8A03, said that the St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion would be a boon to Ward 8. “I think it is an awesome opportunity and I hope that it is something that Ward 8 entrepreneurs can take advantage of,” said Wilson, 36.

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housing, retail and eateries. The structure will stand for up to five years and it will have lower and upper levels which will be built in coherence with the grass, trees and soil on St. Elizabeths’ grounds. The lower level will have space for farmers and food vendors to sell their  food and products while the upper level, which will be an open space with no roof, will be used for meetings and special events such as graduations and concerts. Michelle Chin, the pavilion’s project manager who works for the District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, said that construction will cost $4.5 million and is scheduled to be completed in May 2013. She said that it will have 35 percent Certified Business Enterprise participation and will include Ward 8 vendors. D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is a supporter of the pavilion as a part of the larger development of the St. Elizabeths east complex. His predecessor, former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen, thinks that the pavilion will be good for the ward. “A lot of study has been done on this,” said Allen, 69. “I think the residents of Ward 8 should give it a chance. There will be a lot of conveniences for residents of the ward.” Some community leaders have their  concerns. James Bunn, the chairman of the Congress Heights Main Streets project, spoke out vehemently against the building of the pavilion during a meeting on Nov. 13 at the St. Elizabeths Auditorium. Bunn said that the pavilion “would not be in the character of Ward 8” and  chastised the design team leaders for not  getting enough input from Ward 8 residents from the onset. Wilson, who  attended the  sometimes contentious

meeting on Nov. 13, said that he understood Bunn’s concerns but has decided to give the thumbs up on the pavilion, saying that “it will be an attraction.” Bishop Matthew Hudson, the senior pastor of the Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Southeast, believes that the pavilion will be a credit to Ward 8. “We need a facility in this ward where we can hold functions, [have] eateries and markets in our community,” said Hudson, 50. “We need this in light of the Coast Guard’s headquarters coming to our ward in  several months. This facility will help us  get the amenities that this ward needs.” Hudson said that the pavilion could serve as an economic conduit for Ward 8. “We are not generating enough tax dollars in this community,” he said. “We need more disposable income and this pavilion will strengthen the economic base in the ward. People will be spending money in Ward 8 and with Ward 8 businesses.” Mary Cuthbert, a 29-year advisory  neighborhood commissioner representing 8C03, said that pavilion supporters should temper their enthusiasm a bit. “The pavilion is not a done deal,” Cuthbert said. She  noted that the D.C. [Office] of Zoning has not approved  any development plans for the St. Elizabeths east complex. “All of the ANCs in the ward voted to support the St. Elizabeths project but not in its totality,” she said. “The pavilion is just an idea at this stage. Nothing is a done deal until zoning approves it.”  Nevertheless, Hudson said he wants the pavilion and already has plans for its use. “You better believe that I will consider holding services on the upper level,” he said with a smile. wi



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Prince George’s County Council Passes Legislation to Form Office of Ethics and Accountability WI Staff Report The Prince George’s County Council recently passed important legislation that will give Prince George’s County citizens piece of mind that their government is being run to the highest of ethical standards. “I want to thank the Prince George’s County Council for their incredible work during this recent session,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “The cooperative efforts of the Prince George’s County Council with my office, executive branch departments, community stakeholders and each council member’s constituents have paid dividends with smart, aggressive, and progressive legislation that will improve the lives of our citizens. I want to congratulate the Prince George’s County Council and look forward to working with them during the next Council session.” This legislation and the subsequent creation of the Office of Ethics and Accountability ensure that this Government and its employees will be held accountable to the highest ethical standards of conduct. Led by an Executive Director, the Office of Ethics and Accountability will be the main entry point for tip information or evidence of illegal acts or unethical conduct by employees of Prince George’s County Government. The goal and mission of the Office of Ethics and Accountability will be to ensure that the Prince George’s County Government operates at the highest level of ethical conduct and that there is a dedicated office to investigate those instances where

deviation might have occurred. Staff in the Office of Ethics and Accountability will include investigators who would compile relevant information (interview witnesses, review documents, etc.) regarding any possible acts of unethical conduct or illegal acts. This information would be reviewed by the Executive Director who would determine if such acts represent criminal conduct, are covered by existing personnel law, are instances where policies and procedures should be changed, or if no violation of law or policy has occurred. For instances involving criminal conduct, a mechanism for distributing this information to the State’s Attorney’s Office will be created. The State’s Attorney’s Office would then proceed to file any possible criminal charges after their own investigation. Additionally, the Office of Ethics and Accountability will eventually administer a tip line to allow employees of County government to discreetly register any information they have regarding possible unethical acts committed by employees of the County government. Funding for the Office has been allocated in the FY 2013 budget for the Executive Director position, administrative support staff and two investigators. The staff of the State’s Attorney’s Office has been increased in the FY 2013 budget to include an additional special prosecutor and administrative support staff to comply with this additional function. Funding for the tip line was also allocated and approved in the FY 2013 budget. Additional key elements of the legislation include: The Executive Director: Nominated by the Coun-

ty Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Removal of the Executive Director could only occur following a two-thirds vote of the County Council after the reasons for such removal have been put in writing and a public hearing has been held. A staggered term to begin in the second year of an Administration and limited to 2 terms; High standards of professional qualifications; Would serve as the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics, have responsibility for the review of all disclosure forms and for conducting ethics training of County employees. Budget of the Office of Ethics and Accountability: Funded as a separate budget item; Any decrease in a prior year funding must be accompanied by a written explanation and justification for the decrease. Authority of the Office of Ethics and Accountability: Conduct all necessary investigations; Make recommendations on ways of improving policies and procedures within the government to ensure more ethical governmental operations; The right to review any relevant county documents and to interview county employees in furtherance of an investigation. Whistleblower protection: For employees or others who provide information to the Office as well as to those who cooperate with any pending investigation. Reporting requirements: Within 60 days of the end of each fiscal year, an annual report must be issued that catalogs all completed investigations during the prior year. This report would be made available to the public and posted on the County website.wi The Washington Informer

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Michelle Obama Hosts PCAH Youth Programs Awards Event D.C.’s Savoy Elementary Noted for Its ‘Turnaround Arts Initiative’ By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer

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First lady Michelle Obama told a group of youth mentors, educators, students and their families during a recent White House event that they’ve seen first-hand, the “transformative power” of the arts and arts education. Mrs. Obama made the remarks while hosting the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Awards ceremony in the East Room on Monday, Nov. 19. “That’s why it is so critical that we preserve arts education in our schools,” said Mrs. Obama. “It is absolutely critical because we know how important it is for our children’s

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First Lady Michelle Obama, the honorary chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, hosts the PCAH National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 19. Mariachi Desoro is on stage behind Mrs. Obama. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

development. It helps shape their character in so many ways . . . Because of the program [our] young people are learning break dancing, hip hop, African drumming, putting on plays, publishing poems and articles and working on museum exhibits, becoming historians, and champion debaters.” The event, which honored 12 community-based afterschool projects from across the country that cater to underprivileged youth, serves as the umbrella organization for students enrolled in the nationwide “Turnaround Arts Initiative.” Students who participate in Turnaround at their individual schools, learn to be “persistent, tenacious and bold,” said Mrs. Obama, who added that among them, there has been a marked increase in grade point averages, and that almost all of them are poised to attend college. Overall, the Turnaround initiative focuses on inspiring creative development for atrisk students through the use of music, dance, poetry, debate, theater and other artistic outlets. The event also featured remarks by members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH), that partners with the National Endowment for the Arts – of which Mrs. Obama is the honorary chairperson. There was also a performance by the Marachi Master Apprentice Program of San Fernando, Calif., which has recorded a CD, and a reception.

Savoy Elementary School in Southeast, is one of eight low-performing schools from across the country selected to participate in Turnaround. Although Savoy was not listed among the 12 honoree school programs, PCAH co-chair George Stevens acknowledged during the 40-minute ceremony, that he and an entourage visited the Anacostia community school earlier that day and were impressed. “It was so thrilling and so alive. The walls are filled with creativity,” Stevens said. “Just to see the engagement of these children and the principal, contributes so much to the arts programs that bring them alive.” Savoy principal Patrick Pope, said that although his school wasn’t honored this year, it was still an achievement to be part of the White House program. “We weren’t among the schools to receive PCAH recognition, but to be invited was a wonderful experience,” Pope said. Mrs. Obama also hailed the mentors and educators who work tirelessly to keep arts and humanities curriculums alive and well in the nation’s public schools. “You make all this happen on shoestring budgets; you do it in unbelievable ways, in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable,” she said.” wi

California Three Strikes Victory Brings Hope to Families By Chris Levister Special to the Informer from Black Voice News “This campaign was not about public safety, fairness or justice. This was about big names, big money, and big lies. This was about angry white men scaring the public.” That was then 66-year-old California Three-Strikes reform activist Teresa Valdez in 2004 reacting to a jaw dropping media blitz featuring Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warning of mass releases of felons that led to a last minute about face by 2 million voters and a sound defeat of Prop 66 an initiative aimed at reforming California much maligned Three Strikes and You’re Out law. The ads hit the public days before the election. Eight years later Valdez woke up on Nov. 7 to find California voters had given her a priceless gift: hope. By an overwhelming margin, they’d passed Proposition 36 to revise the state’s tough Three Strikes Law. The new law prohibits judges from imposing a life sentence on most repeat offenders who commit minor crimes. But it also includes a provision that could result in an early release or shorter sentence for Valdez’s son who is serving 53 years to life for possession of a small quantity of marijuana. “I will not be here to see my son released,” a teary eyed Valdez told reporters during a protest rally in 2009. For activists and three strike family members like FILO (Families of Incarcerated Loved Ones) founder and president, Barbara Ellis, the three-strikes law epitomized the mass-imprisonment fever that swept the nation in recent decades. Soaring prison costs and overcrowding have been particularly acute in California, which is currently under a federal court order to cut its prison population, and where three-strikes cases account for about a quarter of all inmates. Ellis who has since moved to Louisiana was at the forefront of three strikes reform locally and at the state level. “Oh my God, I’m just so elated and grateful,’” Ellis said. “It’s not just my brother who has been incarcerated. I’ve been incarcerated, waiting for him.” Ellis’ journey to reform Three Strikes began more than a decade ago when her brother was sentenced to 25 years to life for a third

strike conviction on a charge that normally carries a 1-3 year sentence. Her brother sits in a state prison clinging to life. “His body is riddled with disease much of it due to benign neglect,” said Ellis. “We’ve seen fathers taken from their children for life for stealing pizza, mothers locked up for 25 to life for possession of marijuana. Many family members have died or are too sick to celebrate a new life for their family.” Ellis and Valdez aren’t the only ones who envision a new life for their family. Clevon Booker is serving 17 years of a life sentence for stealing a credit card in San Bernardino County. His previous strikes also were burglaries. Booker who has since gotten his GED and formed a prison cooking class was overjoyed by the news. “It was like waking up and feeling a thousand pounds lighter,” said Booker. “It’s a blessing for me, my family and a long line of activists and supporters who persevered.” Many elected officials have said privately that the law was unjust and disputed claims that it led to a reduction in California’s crime rate. Still most refused to publicly carry the reform banner. One exception was Los Angeles County district attorney, Steve Cooley, a Republican, who criticized the law when he ran for office in 2000. “DA Cooley did the right thing when others turned a blind eye to years of injustice,” said Ellis. “He knew this law was not only financially burdensome but grossly unfair,” she said. “All eyes are on California. California started this trend, as it starts so many trends, and people are really looking to see what people in the state are going to do with the three strikes law,” Adam Gelb, Director of Public Policy Safety Research at the Pew Center on the States, said. Gelb says other states have also started to temper sentencing laws. “Those states may be willing to revisit what they’ve done and maybe go a little further and the other half of the states that haven’t approached this issue in a serious way yet probably are going to say, ‘Maybe now it’s time,’ ”he said. wi


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ATTENTION WASHINGTON DC CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS Chiaramonte/HESS is hosting a Construction Contractors Project Awareness Event for New Ward 8 – Frank W. Ballou Sr. High School Construction Project on November 29, 2012 from 4:00 p.m.‑ 6:00 p.m. at Ballou HS located at 3401 4th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032 (in the cafeteria). Interested CBE’s and construction contractors are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about the upcoming subcontracting opportunities. Subcontractor’s networking and light refreshments will follow presentations by Department of General Services (DGS), Chiaramonte/HESS, A Joint Venture and City First Bank. This event is FREE however space may be limited.

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By William Reed Proclamation. The Republicans Party was the party of most Blacks prior to the 1960s, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King.  The founding fathers of the NAACP were Republicans as was the party that desegregated the South’s schools and implemented America’s Affirmative Action programs.  Republicans believe in the free enterprise system.  The Office of Minority Business Enterprise, a federal agency dedicated to minority business, was established by Republican President Richard Nixon in March of 1969.  African-American history is most often presented through liberal political lens that skew contributions and examples of African Americans outside the “liberal mainstream.”  Black Americans have been taught that Republicans are racist and care nothing about Black empowerment. Black Republicans are often labeled “insufficiently Black.” In truth, the history of the Republican Party’s relationship with Blacks is one of a bright start followed by steady decline.  Unfortunately, a reliance on family and faith has become a casualty of the modern welfare state, contributed to the destruction of family cohesion and supplanted faith in God with faith in government.  Black conservatism is a political and social movement rooted in communities of African descent that aligns largely with the American conservative movement. Since the Civil Rights Movement, the African-American community has generally fallen to the left of the political spectrum and has aligned itself on the side of liberalism, but Black conservatism emphasizes traditionalism, capitalism, free markets, and social values consistent with the context of Blacks and their reli-

gious beliefs. “Our goals promote freedom for all and encouraging entrepreneurship,” says Donald Scoggins of the Republicans for Black Empowerment. In light of 2012 election results, Scoggins is on a mission to retool the Republican Party.  He’s seeking to raise profiles and awareness of Black Republicans and their number of elected officials.  Scoggins invites inquires via Alan West is an example of an elected Black Republican.  Atlanta-born West who was defeated for re-election in the 2012 race is known for comments alleging that Democratic “handouts” to the poor have resulted in a “modern form of slavery” and rejects “the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.”  West’s point is that Democrats who claim to care so for African Americans, in reality, have done them a grave disservice by perpetuating myths of Republican racism and addicting them to a government check instead of liberation through education and strong families. Heritage Foundation data supports West saying: “The public’s dependence on the federal government shot up 23 percent under President Obama.” Since the 1930s, the Democratic Party has put forth and promoted social liberal and progressive platforms; and for over 40 years Blacks have increasingly aligned themselves with Democrats rarely questioning: social policies rooted in low expectations and government dependency; economic and tax policies that stifle economic growth, job creation, personal savings and investment; and education policies that refuse to subject public schools to the competition of “school choice.” Blacks are naïve if they continue in their status and low regard among either of the dominate parties.  The Democrats, led by President Obama, plainly ignore Blacks, while the Republican establishment disrespects and disregards us. But, apparently Blacks cannot envision leveraging our voting bloc into party platforms, policies and programs that reflect Black Americans’ needs and wants. wi (William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the


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Women’s Longevity Declining in Parts of U.S. By Rochelle Sharpe Special to the Informer from New America Media One of the most disturbing trends in American public health is that women’s life expectancy is shrinking in many parts of the U.S. Women’s longevity took an unprecedented nosedive during the past decade, researchers recently discovered, with their life expectancy tumbling or stagnating in one of every five counties in the country. In Connecticut, for example, New London County saw a drop in longevity, while Fairfield and Hartford counties saw significant jumps. The last time life expectancy fell

for a large number of American women was 1918, due to Spanish influenza. While many scientists believe that smoking and obesity are driving the downward spiral, a growing chorus of experts contends that chronic stress may be a key culprit, too — especially the stress of juggling work and family. “It’s a hypothesis at this point, but a reasonable and plausible one,” said James S. House, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Women may have gained work opportunities over the last four decades, he said, but society has done relatively little to help

them support their increased responsibilities. “Clearly, obesity and smoking are things that contribute to chronic disease and reduced life span,” said Carolyn Mazure, director of Women’s Health Research at Yale, which funds interdisciplinary research on gender differences in health. “There is really no question in my mind that stress plays a role in that algorithm, especially for women.” Life expectancy studies show that women’s projected longevity declined or stagnated in 662 counties in the United States — more than 20 percent of the 3,198 counties in the nation — between 1999 and 2009. The largest declines are in parts of the South, Appalachia and the southern portion of the Midwest. Even in counties where women are living longer, their extra years are often marred by chronic diseases or disabilities, said Chloe Bird, a senior sociologist

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at the Rand Corp. The projections for women are in stark contrast to changes in American men’s life expectancy, which had downturns in only 167, or five percent, of the nation’s counties, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle. In terms of change over the last decade, Fairfield and Hartford counties saw the largest jumps in female longevity, with increases of 2.2 years since 1999. At the other end of the spectrum, women in New London lost 0.1 year over the last decade, while women in New Haven, Litchfield and Windham saw gains lower than the U.S. average.

Ridged Schedules and No Childcare At Harvard University, Lisa Berkman, director of the Center for Population and DevelopYour baby needs at least 39 weeks to grow and ment Studies, said challenging develop before she is born. If your pregnancy is social conditions in the U.S. have healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own. created a “perfect storm” that can damage women’s health. Not only did women flood into the job market over the past few decades, she notes, but the number of single parents skyrocketed. Despite these major changes, the U.S. has created few policies to help women handle childcare. As a result, there are “extreme stresses even on the relatively advantaged,” Berkman said. Job stress can be particularly damaging for employees who hold jobs with rigid hours and high demands, such as clerical, administrative or production work, researchers have found. When Berkman studied women stressed by work and family conflict, she found they had more medical issues than other working women. She looked at women who worked in elder care facilities, comparing those © 2012 March of Dimes Foundation who had rigid and flexible job schedules.

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Women with rigid schedules were twice as likely as women with more flexibility to have at least two risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight or smoking, Berkman found. Food, Exercise, Smoking, Family Care Some studies suggest that women are more likely than men to soothe themselves by eating, the Rand Corporation’s Bird said. They may also be more likely to reduce exercising so they can fulfill their work and family obligations, she said. Work and family demands also can increase the amount of stress hormones surging through women’s bodies, Bird said. Women do not experience the same decline in stress hormones as men during lunch breaks or after work, since they often use those hours to deal with family issues. Stress can affect health in two distinct ways. There may be physiological changes, due to excess stress hormones, like cortisol. But it also may cause women to change their behaviors, cutting out such healthy activities as exercise, or indulging in smoking or overeating. Mazure, of the Yale School of Medicine’s center on Women’s Health Research, was among a cadre of researchers who began studying the impact of stress on women’s health in the 1990s. Even as studies have shown that stress is closely tied to depression, cardiac disease and other chronic illnesses in women, “we know a fraction of what there is to know” about gender differences, she said. wi

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday Impacted by Failure to Extend Middle-Class Tax Cuts By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Assistant Editor Even as economic predictors claimed this year’s Cyber Monday spending could potentially yield the best results in e-shopping history, the White House warned that a failure to extend middle-class tax cuts could bring a bitter crash to the holiday shopping season. The White House released a report from the National Economic Council and the Council of Economic Advisers called The Middle-Class Tax Cuts’ Impact on Consumer Spending and Retailers, providing new analysis on the impact to retailers and consumer spending if Congress fails to act to avoid taxes going up on 98 percent of Americans at the end of the year. The president believes Democrats and Republicans should come together to renew middleclass tax cuts so families and businesses have more certainty at this critical time for our economy. If Congress acts, every American will get a tax break on their first $250,000 of income, and income taxes won’t go up for 98 percent of American families and 97 percent of small businesses. Paul Lloyd, of Hyattsville, Md., left his home still stuffed with his wife Pam’s Thanksgiving turkey, to join a line of hundreds jockeying for early entry and special bargains outside a Best Buy retailer. The transit worker said he was concerned about the

fiscal cliff, but not enough to bypass great shopping deals. “America is in a bad place economically, and thank God, it has not impacted my family personally. Some people are afraid to spend because of the uncertainty of the economy, but I say, buy what you want and if we get hit with tax increases, vote out the representatives who made it happen,” said Lloyd, 48. With two daughters in college, Lloyd said household expenses had already been cut, but were done to bring both he and his wife’s spending habits in line with unexpected calls from their daughters for money, books, and allowances. Having to forego holiday shopping, in Lloyd’s estimation was akin to unpatriotic behavior. “Our elected officials should be held accountable for not working on behalf of their constituents. So many of my friends and neighbors wait for the holidays to purchase things we’ve sacrificed all year to afford. A man should be able to work all year to get the one thing he wants – not needs – because this is America. Taxing us as we are trying to positively impact the economy un-American,” Lloyd said. The president believes the nation must take a balanced approach to reduce the deficit. He has already signed $1.1 trillion in spending cuts and said in a recent statement that he looked forward to working with Demo-

crats and Republicans on a balanced approach to further reduce the deficit. Alexis Cooper, 41, of Northeast, said that as a new homeowner, she felt the economy too unstable to risk extravagant shopping this year, though she did take advantage of a few eBay purchases that kept her underbudget. “I have to be able to pay my taxes next year, whether our elected officials force them to go up or not. This country is built on the backbone of middle-class people who, like me, do not have children and get few tax breaks aside from owning property. How sick is it that the very tax breaks I could get for homeownership could come back to haunt me if I am unable to pay the taxes on that property? Shopping was not so important this year; but come election time a lot of people are going to be out of jobs if taxes go up,” Cooper said. “I spent a total of $300 on eBay and Amazon for the holidays and doubt I will spend more than another $200. It is not realistic to spend money on appliances and electronics – even online – if January 1st brings immediate hardship. In the end those trying to make our economy stronger lose out,” Cooper said. wi The Washington Informer

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Charter School Board Approves Adult Education Pilot By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer During a recent gathering of the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB), officials approved a pilot for the school system’s adult education curriculum that will measure effectiveness by tracking student achievement and graduates’ ability to obtain employment. The pilot, which was given the thumbs up at the board’s Nov. 20 meeting, will be fused into the 2012-13 academic year to gauge performance among adult education programs. “Previously, the schools accepted targets they agreed to meet,” said charter schools spokeswoman Audrey Williams. “However, the framework is going to be looking at things in a different way.” The adult-oriented program at Booker T. Washington (BTW) Public Charter School for Technical Arts in Northwest, for instance, enrolls more than 100 students and has thrived since

it opened in 1999. As a result, the program, which offers a construction trade under the school’s Virtual Enterprise program, could also serve as a model for the pilot. Currently operating in conjunction with local contractors, unions and government placement programs, BTW provides unemployed and underemployed District residents an opportunity to develop and gain education, employment and entrepreneurial skills. As part of the participants’ studies they come up with a business idea, and then write a business plan. In addition, students who plan to go into business for themselves perform administrative, human resource, finance and marketing tasks their companies might use in transactions. While at least three applications were submitted this year to the public charter system for adult learning centers, just one – Community College Preparatory Academy, will offer about 150 seats when it opens next year –


The pilot project will be fused into the 2012-13 academic year and will mirror a system that’s already in use at charter schools that enroll students in grades 3-8 and 10. /Courtesy Photo

met the board’s conditional approval. The school could open either in Ward 5, 7 or 8. District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) spokeswoman Melissa Salmonowitz said that generally speaking, the adult education [alternative] schools have seen an increase in enrollment. “We are aligning the Continuing Training and Education

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offerings to meet needs in the D.C. metro area so that our adult students will have the skills necessary for the workplace,” she said. “Graduation rates are also strong across [these] schools.” Alex Donahue, is a deputy director for the nonprofit Northwest-based 21st Century School Fund, which advocates for local school districts on a national level. Donahue, who has also been a principal with Roosevelt Senior High School’s adult education program, said that overall, DCPS is trying to make sure it has a way to assess the effectiveness of programs being funded with public dollars. “Those mechanisms to assess providers and programs were not in place in past decades,” Donahue said. “The only numbers they had, were how many adult students graduated.” He added that the concern then focused on whether after

graduation, students were fully equipped to enter the job market. “And that was not answered,” said Donahue. “So it’s been kind of an empty landscape – an area that’s missing infrastructure and policy, and now they’re trying to develop these tools.” Mary Filardo, 21st Century executive director, added that it was a good move on the PCSB’s part to launch the pilot. She said however, that her organization will be keeping a close watch. “Whether or not they come up with the right measures,” Filardo said, “we will absolutely be looking at how effective these programs are in providing our adult students with what they need, and if they want to go on to further education or employment.” wi

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World AIDS Day – The Goal

December 1 is World AIDS Day. It’s a day of action for those who are fighting AIDS, living with AIDS and survivors of those who lost their lives to AIDS. On this day, many will do publicly what this year’s theme shows they have been doing privately throughout the year: “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.” The work it will take to assure a world of an AIDS-Free generation will require participation far and wide. Legislators must make it a budget priority free from cuts due to a weakened economy. Funding must remain steady for AIDS organizations to do outreach that’s broad and wide. Not only for AIDS services for the generations who are living longer and healthier with the disease, but outreach to the uninformed adults and youth who still haven’t a clue about acquiring AIDS or steps needed to prevent spreading the disease to others. Schools must educate young people about their sexual health, which should serve only as a supplement to what parents should be teaching them first. Physicians must ask, if not required, that their patients take an annual AIDS/HIV test, and preachers must endorse and support AIDS ministries while immersing their sermons with anti-stigma messages. Most importantly, individuals must accept and assume personal responsibility for their part in ending the world AIDS crisis. The day isn’t only about the work, but it’s also about celebrating. More people are living with the disease while less are dying from it. More people are being tested for AIDS and seeking treatment if they’re positive. More treatment and prevention services are available including a home testing AIDS kit while medicine is moving us closer to an AIDS vaccine. And, more people are continuing to fight to rid the world of AIDS. We’re not there yet, which is why the United Nations has come up with a global strategy for universal access to AIDS treatment around the globe by 2015. UNAIDS strategy includes: yy Sexual transmission of HIV reduced by half, including among young people, men who have sex with men and transmission in the context of sex work; yy Vertical transmission of HIV eliminated, and AIDS-related maternal mortality reduced by half; yy All new HIV infections prevented among people who use drugs; yy Universal access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV who are eligible for treatment; yy TB deaths among people living with HIV reduced by half; yy People living with HIV and households affected by HIV are addressed in all national social protection strategies and have access to essential care and support; yy Countries with punitive laws and practices around HIV transmission, sex work, drug use or homosexuality that block effective responses reduced by half; yy HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence eliminated in half of the countries that have such restrictions; yy HIV-specific needs of women and girls are addressed in at least half of all national HIV responses; yy Zero tolerance for gender-based violence. It is an ambitious goal, but realistic and achievable.

Yet, Another Chapter Closes

Another major chapter in the epic Civil Rights movement has closed with the loss of Lawrence Guyot who died on Friday, Nov. 23 at age 73 following a long illness. Guyot, described by some as an “unsung hero”, vehemently fought for the right to vote as a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s and as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project. He also chaired the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party where he spoke out on voting rights at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. He continued to push for voter participation by encouraging everyone he knew to go to the polls to vote. A champion to the bitter end – Guyot cast his ballot early this year – long before the Nov. 6 general election took place and encouraged others to follow suit. He was known for being a beacon of encouragement and a source of motivation to young people who he challenged to fight for principle rather than convenience. Guyot’s death is a painful reminder that the great heroes of the Civil Rights era are almost extinct and that their legacy is quickly fading. The verbal abuse, arrests, beatings and deaths that they endured – was not intended so that we could live the luxurious life – and forget the tremendous sacrifices that they made to get us to this point. We can expect the dedication of an edifice to be named in Guyot’s honor soon, but it’s more important for us to live our lives in gratitude and remembrance of the life that he sacrificed for those who had no voice and the least among us.

Henderson Back on the Hot Seat!

Dorothy Rowley’s front-page article “Henderson’s Plan to Shutter Schools Ignites Fury,” November 28, 2012, brought to the forefront some very important issues facing DCPS students and especially their parents. While many of us want to blame Chancellor Kaya Henderson, she is just the mouthpiece to move a well-devised plan forward. For years we have allowed a school system to abuse our students at certain schools while pushing them out into the world ill prepared, and then having other schools with strong parental support and good teachers function with a sense of educational consistency. Why are so many parents buying this charter school plan hook, line, and sinker? I’ll tell you why: because they think a charter school will do something for their children that they as parents should be doing: supporting the students and their schools. Look at the studies; charters aren’t

teaching their students any better than the public schools are. But unfortunately, they are buying the message that charter schools are better. In a few years the D.C. school system will once again be a segregated school system, but this time segregated by class. The new residents of the District of Columbia aren’t enrolling their children in charter schools; no, they are waiting for their neighborhood schools, and believe me when I say they will get them. Those parents will want good public schools and will do whatever it takes to ensure that they have them. I think the last paragraph in Ms. Rowley’s article tells it all! Benny K. Sylvester Washington, D.C.

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of the River Store,” in the November 28, 2012 edition by Michelle Phipps-Evans. Although I couldn’t afford to buy all of my groceries there, I did like trying some of the variety of products it offered, especially the fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables. This is just another reason for us on this side of the river to get the Walmart stores; we need places to shop for fresh foods. If Safeway, Whole Foods, or even Kmart want to build stores over here, I say come on with them; the more the merrier! There is something to be said about having the opportunity to stop on the way home from work and pick up some fresh food in your neighborhood. That’s a choice in terms of urban living that everyone should have. Leon Mathis Washington, D.C.

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By Julianne Malveaux

The Scam that Stole Thanksgiving When I think of Thanksgiving Day, I think of family, gathered around a table that groans with turkey and dressing, green beans and candied yams, mac and cheese or whipped potatoes, and lots of other goodies. I look forward to seeing folks I haven’t seen in a while, savor the food and fellowship, bring in the late evening over coffee and pie. Nobody is rushing out to go shopping – most people save

that for the Friday after Thanksgiving, often called, Black Friday, because many stores find themselves in the black after the profligate shopping that day. There have been tragedies associated with Black Friday. A few years back, a Walmart employee was trampled to death by a crowd way too eager to get to the consumer goods. There have also been altercations, bruises, and cuts as customers have vied for some of the scarce goods available or for crazy deals (often only for the first 200 people).

Lines often snake around stores as people wait for a chance for a bargain. Now Walmart has upped the ante. This year, like last, they opened at 10 p.m. and this year they will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Just when folks settle down from their meal and start swapping lies, someone is going to have to get up and rush to work so they can serve those consumers who want to shop on Thanksgiving Day. Many of those who will work do so out of desperation. Many

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Walmart employees don’t have a full 40-hour shift; some find their hours adjusted each week. Thanksgiving work will augment scarce incomes. Just this week, I talked with a couple whose joint income at Walmart is $26,000 a year, partly because neither has a full week’s schedule. There are those who ask, “Well, why do they work there?” as if there are easy alternatives. But Walmart is one of our nation’s largest employers, and they often set the tone for similar stores such as Best Buy, Sears

and others. With Walmart opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, their competitors will follow because they don’t want to lose momentum to Walmart. This is why some Walmart employees are protesting the way that Walmart treats its employees. They want to inform the public of illegal actions that Walmart has taken against its employees, and have initiated a series of protests, including strikes, rallies, an online cam-

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By James Clingman

Falling off the Fiscal Cliff Will we jump from the cliff ? Congress and the president will determine whether we fall, jump, or back away from the cliff. While I trust they will get together and make the right decision, I think we should be prepared for the worst case scenario. How do we prepare? First of all, learn what the fiscal cliff and its implications are for your personal economy. Too often we put ourselves in a position of having to

react to things that have taken place while we were sleep, literally and figuratively. We had better stay awake on this one, folks. In general, the fiscal cliff refers to $7 trillion in tax increases and spending cuts that will take place on January 1, 2013. For most of us, on a personal level, it means that we can say, Adios, Sayonara, Cheerio, Ciao, and Goodbye to that increase in take home pay, called the Obama payroll-tax holiday, we have been enjoying for the past year or so.

Most workers would see a 2 percent tax increase instead because the “holiday” was at the expense of the Social Security tax. The broader impact on the economy would be dire as well. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates it would cut gross domestic product (GDP) by four percentage points in 2013, sending the economy into a recession. It also predicts unemployment would rise to 9 percent with a loss of 2 million jobs. Neither individual workers

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nor the economy as a whole can absorb that kind of hit. With a little less than two months to prepare, you probably should be doing what the big corporations have been doing for a while now: Holding on to your cash. They have also been converting their financial instruments to cash. Have you checked out the stock market for the past few days? If the big boys and girls are scared of falling off the fiscal cliff, what should our position be?

We have heard for the past three years or so that big companies have trillions in cash sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what will happen with the economy. They want to be fairly certain of the long term strategies being put forth by the government. They are refusing to spend or invest or lend that money until they feel comfortable. We are complaining about it but that will not get them to

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Retail Employment and the Wal-Mart Effect I remember one of my first jobs. I was a senior in high school in Mount Vernon, N,Y., a suburb of New York City, and I got a job at a sporting goods store. The pay seemed decent; at least that is how I remember it. But what was noteworthy was that older adults worked in the store and had worked in the store for some time. No, I don’t mean retirees who are forced to work because their Social Secu-

rity is not enough; I mean nonretirees who had made a life for themselves in the retail industry. It was not uncommon to go to major stores and find employees who had made a career in the retail industry. But it was not just major stores. There were plenty of smaller stores like the sporting goods store that employed me that held onto employees. Like many other industries in the USA, retail underwent changes that have produced an entirely different work environment and work force. In efforts

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to secure greater profits, salaries have been reduced, hours altered (and in many cases sliced), and the target workforce has become either younger adults or senior citizens. In either case, the employers do not have or promote the expectation of employment longevity. The bottom line is that it has become less and less possible for a worker to make a living working retail. This is the portion of the workforce that has been described as being the underemployed, i.e., those who have a job (whether part-time or The Washington Informer

full-time) that simply cannot sustain their living standard. We have been hearing more and more about the horrendous working conditions at Wal-Mart. While Wal-Mart is a leader in the new retail industry—with a very vulnerable workforce—it is not standing alone. They have succeeded in promoting a precarious employment environment for their workers and, in doing so, have helped to set a pattern for the rest of the industry. As opposed to unionized retail workers of days gone by who

might have had pensions and healthcare, with Wal-Mart you have no unions, few benefits, and an excessive amount of vulnerability. I wish that Wal-Mart was the only such employer. Retail employers are failing to invest in their workforce. Claiming that they will not be able to compete, they have attempted to keep the salaries/wages of retail workers low. They are even prepared to accept a transitory workforce

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

Giving Thanks for the Hard Times The Thanksgiving season is when many Americans gather with our families over full dinner tables to count our blessings. Seventeen-year-old Eva Maria Turcios and her family take very little for granted any day, including the blessing of having any dinner at all: “I mean, there were nights where we didn’t have anything to put in our stomachs. Like we’d just have to drink water. And I guess there’s times where we didn’t know where we

were going to live. But now it’s just a normal thing for us. When we’re faced with problems like that, we don’t sit there and cry about it. We don’t sit there and wait for someone to do something for us. My mom and I just figure out something, a way for us to make it to the next day, to put food in our stomachs, to have a roof over our heads.” On paper, Eva is a standout high school senior with a 3.8 GPA and a rigorous course load of all honors and international baccalaureate classes. Born in

Honduras, her parents brought her to America for a better future two months later. Her father worked hard and bought a house for the family in Virginia, while her mother stayed home to care for Eva and her younger siblings. Eva always loved reading and did well in school, and for a while, life was calm. But by the time Eva was 10, her American dream had turned into a nightmare of abuse and then extreme poverty. Her father was deported, and Eva remained her mother’s strongest support as their fam-

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ily fell into extreme poverty— experiencing gnawing hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness. They shared single rented rooms and spent time on waiting lists at homeless shelters while Eva’s mother struggled to piece together enough work to keep the family afloat. Eva took care of her younger siblings, and got her first job at age 14 to help out. Today Eva works four days a week and cooks for the family and keeps the house clean while her mother works two jobs. Through it all she never stopped

excelling in school, even when small things like routine writing and research assignments presented challenges: “I didn’t have Internet or a laptop . . . I would have to take the bus to go to the library and do all my work until the library closed, so if the library closed and I didn’t finish all my work, then it was kind of a struggle.” It’s made her one of the inspiring Washington, D.C. area winners of the Children’s Defense

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By George E. Curry

Income Inequality Grows in U.S. The threat of an impending fiscal cliff has sparked intense conversations about whether upper income citizens are paying their fair share of taxes. But equally important – and perhaps more important in the long term – is the issue of income inequality. A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy In-

stitute, two Washington-based think tanks, documents the growing gap between rich and poor as well as the rich and middle-class families. That pattern holds true both nationally and at the state level. The report, titled, Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends, found: “Over the past three business cycles prior to 2007, the incomes of the country’s highest-income households climbed substantially, while middle- and lowerincome households saw only

modest increases. “During the recession of 2007 through 2009, households at all income levels, including the wealthiest, saw declines in real income due to widespread job losses and the loss of realized capital gains. But the incomes of the richest households have begun to grow again while the incomes of those at the bottom and middle continue to stagnate and wide gaps remain between high-income households and poor and middle-income households saw


only modest increases.” The poorest fifth of households in the U.S. had an average income of $20,510. The top fifth had eight times as much – $164,490. “On average incomes fell by close to 6 percent among the bottom fifth of households between the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, while rising 8.6 percent among the top fifth,” the report found. “Incomes grew even faster –14 percent – among the top 5 percent of households.

A similar gap existed been top earners and middle-class households. “On average, incomes grew by just 1.2 percent among the middle fifth of households between the late 1990s and the mid2000s, well below the 8.6 percent gain among the top fifth,” the report stated. “Income disparities between the top and middle fifths increased significantly in 36 states and declined significantly in only one state (New

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By Askia Muhammad

Fiscal Cliff is Still about Slavery, Not Money Politics, it is said, makes strange bedfellows. That is certainly true. But I wonder how the American political landscape would be configured if race hatred were not such an immovable object on the horizon. Many of America’s daunting economic challenges could be overcome overnight. Of course there are plutocrats in every society – that is those

who believe in government by and for the wealthy. But the rich in this society – the super-rich, those with “Old Money” – have unwitting allies among the poor … poor Whites that is. Until 1968 when Republican Richard Nixon took power utilizing his “Southern Strategy,” Christian, segregationist, White Democrats – so-called “Dixiecrats” – ruled the South telling White voters six “truths:” 1. the federal government’s a threat; 2. federal courts don’t understand the Constitution; 3. taxes are

bad; 4. unions need to be eliminated; 5. you have a lousy hospital; 6. but at least you’re White. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney banked on that philosophy to the hilt, and in dirtpoor Mississippi, for example, he got 90 percent of the White vote. What do poor Whites in Mississippi know about the body politic that I don’t know? Gov. Romney steadfastly opposed raising taxes on the top 2 percent of the society’s wage earners, and the poor Whites who mostly reside in the bottom

third of wage earners; in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, swallowed the plutocrats’ bait: hook, line, and sinker. Absent Florida and Virginia, those are also the Confederate States of America. In 1861 they seceded from the Union and fought the bloodiest war in U.S. history because they wanted to protect slavery. So today, why would people in these and other states vote against their own economic class

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best interests, if averting the socalled “fiscal cliff ” and resolving the financial crises we face requires raising taxes on the superrich? See six “truths” above. Writer John Steinbeck described the financial “blindspot” which afflicts so many Americans, White, Black, Brown, “…the poor see themselves, not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” So, many of us believe that if we win the lottery,

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Warren M. Shadd , the first AfricanAmerican piano manufacturer, stands next to his masterpiece. The Shadd piano was on exhibit at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest. /Courtesy Photo

Twenty schools in the District of Columbia recently found their names on a list of schools to be closed by the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Although many schools do work against reputations for failing scores and poor educational models, there are a few standouts within DCPS that are taking the approach to learning to another level. One such school is the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest, where the Museum Studies Department, under the tutelage of teacher Marta Reid Stewart has taken a multidimensional hands-on approach to learning. “Students often do best by doing, it’s the John Dewey approach to learning,” said Stewart, director of museum studies since 1992. “This offers problem-based learning, where I want to give them the experiences where they’re solving problems in a real museum setting.” A progressive 20th century educational thinker, Dewey’s concept of education puts a premium on meaningful activity in learning, and participation in classroom democracy. Problem-based learning is

One Journey Follows Many Paths at Duke Ellington By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer a student-centered approach that challenges learning through engagement in real problems by placing students in the role of problem solvers. To Karen Williams, the recently elected member of the State Board of Education Ward 7, this approach is a good one. “Critical thinking and problem solving are two critical pieces missing in many educational settings,” Williams said. “Without the ability to think critically and solve problems, our students are doomed to failure, no matter how high their test scores.” Since Sept. 27, 2012, Elling-

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ton, a high school for students with interests in the arts, displayed the One Journey museum studies exhibit, which featured photography by Ellington 1978 alumna, Francesca Scott, 52. One Journey comprises more than 45 images from four road trips by Scott throughout the country. She captured “People don’t realize they still exist,” said Scott about the Navajo, “they’re not different from us; it’s only that they live on reservations.” She described one subject, a young boy about 12 or 13 years old, who looked like any othThe Washington Informer

er kid in sneakers. The only difference was he wore Navajo colors of blue-turquoise, white-white shell, black-jet, and yellow-abalone, and his hair was combed in traditional style with a ponytail. She wanted to highlight to District youth that kids are the same everywhere. “I’m a documentary photographer,” said Scott who visited Arizona, Colorado, the Grand Canyon and other areas, describing how she captured their lives. Ellington student curators, designers and educators produced the exhibit as part of the one-of-a kind curriculum in museum studies, which relied upon the problem-based learning. “I think many students may go into museum studies further,” Stewart said, adding they’re prepared after passing through her rigorous curriculum. Not only did the students create and mount the exhibit in the school’s gallery, they also had an interactive tour and workshop on the exhibit. Stewart, who has a degree in museum education from George Washington University, said she believed Ellington has the only public

high school museum studies program in the country. On a Friday evening in November, about 21 students participated in a workshop to create Navajo jewelry; and make rock formations out of play dough, duplicative of Navajo terrain. Part of the learning environment had juniors leading groups of four freshmen to create lesson plans, incorporate ideas and execute different ideas under the One Journey theme. Asiyah Williams is a junior who led a group. “Doing the exhibition tours and taking leadership, I can tie it into what I want to do with electronics and computers,” said Williams, 16, who said the group made its presentation a day earlier. “Working together was tough at first, but in the end we got things together.” The students also made Navajo Nachos – a concoction of white corn chips doused in warm cheese and topped with guacamole. Students enjoyed the multidimensions of the One Journey lesson, which encompassed all their senses. But that was not all. For the fall opening reception, students arranged for an evening of live music by student pianist 17-year-old Julian Spires in Ellington’s Instrumental Music department. He played on a borrowed Warren M. Shadd piano, the only one manufactured by an African American. “It was an opportunity to share this technology,” said Shadd, a child prodigy who played drums in his first of jazz concerts at age four. Shadd’s interactive hybrid piano, which has been at Ellington for more than a year, allows for distance learning, self-tutoring and archiving lessons. “I’m really proud of all aspects of One Journey,” said Stewart who added that the exhibit will be on display until Jan. 11, 2013. “I really felt like one school – with all eight departments helping to make the opening sensational wi



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Larry Hagman, who portrayed the infamous bad boy J.R. Ewing in the prime-time drama “Dallas”, recently died of cancer. Hagman, with on-screen wife, actress Linda Gray, became one of the most easily recognizable couples in television history. /Courtesy Photo

A Farewell to J.R. Ewing Actor Larry Hagman Succumbs to Cancer The1980 “Dallas” cliffhanger Who Shot J.R.? became a worldwide sensation, that found audiences around the globe trying to determine which cast member tried to kill the villain. /Courtesy Photo

By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Assistant Editor Larry Hagman, the actor audiences loved to hate as the character J.R. Ewing on the popular prime-time soap opera Dallas, died Friday, Nov. 23, after a long battle with cancer. He was 81. The son of film and Broadway actress Mary Martin, Hagman took to the stage early and at 25, made his television debut on an episode of Decoy. He later enjoyed a run on the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night and played opposite Henry Fonda in Fail-Safe. For five seasons from 1965 to 1970 Hagman enjoyed a modicum of television success as the dapper Major Anthony Nelson, opposite Barbara Eden, in the NBC comedy “I Dream of Jeannie.” The show pitted the good-natured Hagman as an officer who finds a magic lamp and inherits the statuesque, baremidruffed Eden as his lovelorn servant. Though she knew he was battling cancer, Eden, like many of his co-stars, took to their Facebook and Twitter pages to express their loss. “I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed. I can still remember, that

first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold. From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking … and in retrospect, memorable moments that

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will remain in my heart forever,” Eden wrote on her Facebook page. “He was such a key element in my life for so long and even, years after “I Dream of Jeannie”; The Washington Informer

our paths crossed many times. I, like many others, believed he had beat cancer … I can honestly say that we’ve lost not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana,” Eden said. Similarly, Hagman’s fans and co-stars have found social media the easiest means of collective anguish. Fans of the television show Dallas, which originally aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991, Hagman’s death signals the close of an era where power and wealth alone, birthed masculinity. As the conniving J.R. Ewing, head of the Ewing Oil Company, Hagman embodied masculinity in 90 countries and in 67 languages. In September 2011, after years of syndication, TNT cable network reassembled many of the original cast and started production of a new “Dallas” series. Only weeks before filming began on the new “Dallas,” Hagman, announced he was battling a “treatable” form of cancer, but

once again embodied the character – older, wiser, and equally evil. “As J. R., I could get away with anything – bribery, blackmail and adultery, but I got caught by cancer,” Hagman said late last year after his diagnosis. “Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for,” a statement from the family read. Actress Linda Gray, who portrayed Hagman’s long-suffering wife Sue Ellen Ewing on “Dallas” said the world had lost a true icon with his passing. “Larry Hagman was one of a kind and will be with us all forever. Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, funny, loving and talented, and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the fullest. The world was a brighter place because of Larry,” she tweeted. Hagman’s family has planned two private services for the actor – in Texas and one in California. His ashes, according to publicist John Catalonia, will be spread around the world in different locations.wi

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Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home Celebrates 110 Years

By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer

Guided by its mission to offer a quality environment for seniors since 1902, a historical nursing home in the District of Columbia recently celebrated its 110th anniversary. The Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home reached a milestone in its century-long service to seniors like Vaughn Clark, a 66-yearold amputee, who’s lived at the home in the historic Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in Northwest for seven months. “For me, it’s perfect, I couldn’t go to another place where I’d get such freedom,” said Clark who visited three other homes before choosing Stoddard. “I chose to stay here. I need the discipline, the structure and the ministry.” Clark is considered a competent senior because he can take care of himself, and he’ll eventually get his own place. However, at Stoddard, he gets meals in addition to therapy to help with his amputated leg, along with the infection in his other foot, which landed him in a wheelchair. Clark is one of 164 seniors at the nursing facility, one in a growing organization dealing with senior care, which has surpassed its original mission. The nursing home falls under the umbrella nonprofit Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation, which guides and supports the affiliated organizations. In addition to the nursing home, the foundation manages the Stoddard Baptist Global Care at Washington Center for Aging Services, a 259-bed skilled nursing facility with adult day care in Northeast. Both are skilled, long-term care facilities that focus on the elderly so the differences aren’t vast, said Keisha Clark, Stoddard Foundation’s director of development. “Choosing one facility over another is a matter of preference,” said Clark, 35. “Stoddard has been known for its affiliation with the faith-based community, mainly Baptist ministers. Supporters in the community may refer or place loved ones at Stoddard because of the historical connection shared with their churches. Some were once volunteers such as the Cabell family.” When it was time for Reginald Cabell to place his wife, Ethel,

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(L-R) Gala Chair W. Ronald Evans and Co-Chair Keisha M. Clark enjoy the gala in October. /Photo courtesy of the Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home

in a facility after her stroke two days before Christmas in 2006, he didn’t consider anywhere else but Stoddard. She is paralyzed on the right side of her body. “It offers magnificent care,” said Cabell, 79, an elder at Southern Baptist Church in Northwest. “If I wasn’t satisfied, she wouldn’t be here. I’m recommending by experience.” Since Ethel was placed at Stoddard in February 2007, Cabell has visited her every single day. Clark nodded her head in agreement. Cabell continues to volunteer, leading the choir, and he led various activities such as Bible studies, and other volunteer efforts. Every holiday, he looks forward to spending time with his wife and other residents. The organization continues to expand as plans are in place to develop the Prince George’s County Presidential Estates at Sycamore Hill. “It’s a $19 million investment we’re trying to get funded,” said Clark regarding the assistedliving facility with 72 beds and adult day care services. “We’re hoping to break ground this spring.” Stoddard began as a dream for a retirement home for Baptist ministers, their wives or widows. The initial funds came to Stoddard through the heirs of Marie T. Stoddard, a Washington philanthropist of the late 19th century. Although the name has the word Baptist in it, Clark said it has nothing to do with the church. “The organization is faith based, hence the word Baptist,” Clark said adding that the benefactress Stoddard donated to various causes for African Americans, although it’s believed she was Caucasian. The 24-hour nursing facility is separated into the historical structure and a far more modern edifice. The period structure with its large sitting rooms

is reminiscent of a bygone era. The furniture sits exquisitely in the historical side of the building, which also houses many of the 200-member staff. The more contemporary side of the building is where the residents can be found either watching television, receiving speech therapy, playing games or resting. The home also offers comprehensive programs and services such as cosmetology, occupational and physical therapy, laundry, dental and social services. Recreational activities include religious services, dances, picnics, candlelight dinners, birthday parties and holiday celebrations. To mark the 110th anniversary, Stoddard hosted a black-tie gala at the National Geographic Museum in Northwest with guest musician, harpist Jeff Majors, in early October. “I am excited about the pure number of human lives we have touched over these 110 years – be it residents, families, employees, volunteers and the greater community,” wrote Stoddard president and chief executive Steven Nash about the anniversary. Clark said that the gala raised $105,000. Stoddard encourages volunteers to assist in any way they can. One such person was Ronald Dortch from Temple Hills, Md., who, on one frigid Saturday morning in November, dropped off five turkeys and food items for five Thanksgiving baskets at the behest of 10-year-old Chrystal Dortch. “My daughter got me started on this,” said Dortch, 56, who has been donating baskets to Stoddard for two years; but six years in all. “She wanted to help kids in need without school supplies and I realized that others won’t have much during Thanksgiving.” wi


Lauded for its standout design, the versatile Kia Soul offers an edgy and confident exterior that appeals to the young urban driver. /Photo courtesy of KIA Motors America, Inc.

Edgy and Confident, Boxy Kia Aims for the Urban Soul By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer If you’ve watched TV at all in the last few years, there’s slim chance you would have missed one of the most memorable car commercials. The one with the hip, adorable, oversized hamsters, jamming to loud music while driving down the street in a small, boxy, bulldog nosed SUV. That car, the Kia Soul is the Korea-based automakers balm for people who think it is hip to be square. It’s a quirky styled box that balances young attitude with practical passenger and cargo space – a hidden automotive gem that provides good looks functionality, technology and efficiency. Amazingly, the Kia Soul doesn’t take up any more space than a subcompact car, yet its tall roof and boxy shape provide a lot more usefulness. Inside there’s a roomy, versatile, almost minivan-like layout with enough room for up to five (more headroom and legroom than the Optima sedan), and plenty of cargo if you fold the rear seats forward. Throw in the new equipment plus wacky paint colors and you will understand why the Kia Soul has been a very popular small vehicle, far outselling other boxes like the Nissan Cube and Scion xB. Since debuting in Spring 2009, Soul has earned a trophy

case full of prestigious awards, including earning a 2009, 2010 and 2011 “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), being named a Consumers Digest “Best Buy,” achieving a “Top RecommendedVehicle for 2011” by and being a recipient of TopSpeed. com’s “Top 10 Small Cars For Under $20K.” This Kia is very well loaded with accessories – it offers a solid array of features for the money. There’s the customary assortment of power accessories, keyless entry, USB and auxiliary connections, and a bevy of safety gear. Fuel economy is top-notch for a rolling box. After a week driving the Soul around the Washington area, we averaged 29 mpg in combined driving. I liked the driving position, and found the car quite accommodating to tall passengers. Though the interior isn’t upscale by any stretch, it’s welldone with decent materials and good build quality. It’s a light and airy place to enjoy the nation’s capital and its many wonderful suburbs. The Soul is not as quick or agile as its looks imply. Acceleration is decent from a standstill, but still unimpressive on the highway when gearing and aerodynamic drag is working against it. This is especially noticeable in the base Soul which comes with a 1.6-liter

four-cylinder, which is good for 135 horsepower and 121 pound-feet of torque, coupled to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The vehicle works very well as an urban runabout but for a more congenial drive over longer stretches, the larger 2.0-liter four, which makes 164 horsepower yet returns nearly the same fuel economy, is the more eager partner. Handling and low-speed responsiveness also improves considerably. The 2012 Soul is covered by Kia’s warranty program, which offers consumer protection at an exceptional value. Included in this program are a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile antiperforation warranty. A fiveyear/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan also is part of the vehicle coverage. A base Soul with the 1.6 and a manual starts at $14,650, with the automatic adding $1800 to the price. The mid-range Soul Plus starts at $17,050 and includes more equipment, including the 2.0-liter. The top-spec Soul is auto-only and runs $20,350 and up.wi The Washington Informer


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A Christmas Classic

Children and adults enjoyed The Nutcracker at THEARAC on Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25. The Christmas classic performed by the Washington Ballet wowed the crowds. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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The Florida Avenue Grill and WPGC 95.5 hosted “Good Will at the Grill” Thanksgiving Community Breakfast on Nov. 20. The Northwest restaurant served their famous hotcakes, eggs, turkey bacon and much more to crowds during the Thanksgiving holiday. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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Safeway Serves Thanksgiving Meals!

Safeway hosted their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest on Nov. 21. Crowds flocked to the Convention Center and feasted on a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all of the trimmings. Hundreds of volunteers served the crowds. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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“Sexy Little Liar: The Misadventures of Mink LaRue”


Back in Houston, Viceroy Dominion, Mink’s fake “papa” was dying and Barron Dominion couldn’t wait for his father’s last breath to send that ghetto-rat Mink packing. He had paper that proved she was a scammer. He even knew her DNA

by Noire c.2012, Dafina Books $15.00 / $16.95 Canada                          320 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer There’s one thing about you that people need to know: when you want something, you go for it. You’ve known most of your life that things don’t get handed to you. You have to hustle and work to get what you want, so you set your eyes on the prize and never look away. You want it. You go for it. You get it. What Mink LaRue wants is money, pure and simple, and she won’t let anything keep her from it. But in the new book “Sexy Little Liar” by Noire, there’s one thing that might slow her down … The girl on the milk carton couldn’t possibly be Mink LaRue. That’s what Bunni Baines thought because she’d just seen her girl Mink, who was alive and well and living in the projects in Harlem. No, the child in the age-projected photo wasn’t Mink, but Mink was a deadringer for little Sable Dominion. Mink wasn’t Sable. But Mink knew a possibility when she saw one. She figured she could “borrow” from the cash-stash her boy, Gutta, left her before he went to prison. Then she and Bunni could fly to Texas and pull off the con-mami job in time to replace Gutta’s money before he came home, and spend the rest. And the scam worked! Mama Selah took to Mink like the long-lost daughter Mink pretended to be. “Brother” Barron took one look and decided that Mink was no Dominion, and she was getting no money. Uncle Suge, knowing the score, took Mink to bed with him. The problem was that $100,000 didn’t last long. Mink was soon broke and dipping into Gutta’s money again. She also borrowed from the local pusher, knowing that both of them could (and would) kill her in a minute for it.

test was faked because another test came back positive: a girl in Philly showed up with Dominion blood in her veins. There couldn’t be two Sables. Mink LaRue was all La-Wrong. No doubt about it: when it comes to jumping from book cover to big action, author Noire doesn’t waste time. No, her novel grabs you by

the eyeballs and throws you into the streets, right from the start. Like a Girl’s Night Out that never stops, “Sexy Little Liar” takes readers from bar to bed to billionaires and back, all in the same breathless minute. Noire’s main character, Mink, has everything figured out with her scams and schemes, and when you add a few fog-up-the-mirror bed-


room scenes (that don’t always happen in a bedroom), you’ve got a book that’ll make you holler. I think if you’re looking for something steaming-hot and wild, you’re going to like meeting Miss Mink LaRue. She’ll take you for a ride in “Sexy Little Liar” and if you’re up for that – go for it.wi





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Horo scopes

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ARIES You can be discreet and cut down on some of the envious comments you are attracting. Or you can continue to flaunt it since you’ve got it. Your choice this week! Watch for a pleasant change in a romantic partner’s attitude. Soul Affirmation: The winner is me. I smile for the cameras. Lucky Numbers: 3, 39, 41 TAURUS Take advantage of bursts of energy all week. Body and mind are in sync. Don’t take things too person‑ ally this week, you might get your feelings hurt. If you do, night time is a great time to make-up. Make the call. Soul Affirmation: My hunches are right more often than not this week. Lucky Numbers: 16, 26, 29 GEMINI You are a superstar at work. Efficiency seems to be your middle name. As you go your charming way, don’t forget to delegate tasks with a smile. Soul Affirmation: I give my mind a holiday again this week. Lucky Numbers: 43, 47, 51 CANCER A relationship may be heating up. Make sure you know what you want, then go ahead. Minor challenges on the home front are easily dealt with. Soul Affirmation: The widest outlook comes from the look within. Lucky Numbers: 8, 10. 34 LEO You make important progress at work this week by seizing the initiative and letting your leadership abili‑ ties shine. What you do makes things better for everyone around you, so rock steady. Meetings and conversations go especially well. Soul Affirmation: The word is in me. I bring it forth. Lucky Numbers: 10, 31, 42



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Total Sunshine celebrates her 100th Episode

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To ta l Sunsh ine, o ne of DCTV’s lon gstanding p ro ducers and con tributo rs of 12 y ears , celebrat es h er 100t h ep isode. To ta l Suns hine h as become a major force in t he co mmunity . Her 100th Episode Ep iso de highlight h igh lightss the Schoo l Grade Reward s Cerem ony, to p graduates , p arents, suppo rt ers a nd leade rs in D.C.’s sch ool sy st em . w ww.tot als unsh ine.o rg

VIRGO Lucky! Your natural ability to shine is magnified this week. You’ll be garnering positive attention on a proj‑ ect you recently completed. Bask in the glow of public ad‑ miration! Be daring you’ll find much support for the things you want to do. Soul Affirmation: This week I forgive myself for everything that has happened. Lucky Numbers: 12, 13, 28 LIBRA A celebration is in store and you are the guest of honor! You’ve achieved something wonderful and you need to take some time to enjoy it. Let yourself enjoy the ap‑ plause then move onward and upward. Soul Affirmation: I entertain wild ideas about making money this week. Lucky Numbers: 9, 12, 36 SCORPIO Let someone else make a few decisions this week. Take a backseat and enjoy the respite from doing all the driving. You’ll enjoy the ride more this week if you just admire the view as it goes by. Soul Affirmation: I enjoy living in my dream. Lucky Numbers: 18, 30, 43 SAGITTARIUS Sometimes you imagine that everyone needs to hear your sensible opinions on all matters of sig‑ nificance. And other weeks you know that you are wise and generous enough to listen to others as they share their good ideas. This week is a week for listening. You’ll learn much. Soul Affirmation: I listen with an open heart. Lucky Numbers: 5, 39, 43 CAPRICORN Anybody may occasionally have a week when their energy feels low. Your natural good health will see you through a possible down time if you just go with the flow and let yourself relax. Rest if you have the chance and you’ll feel like your wonderful self in no time flat! Soul Affirmation: I calm my emotions by forgetting about the past. Lucky Numbers: 12, 41, 45 AQUARIUS You are the center of attention this week and while you’ll be very busy you’ll love every moment. Enjoy your time in the spotlight! You may want to indulge yourself with some emotional theatrics this week. Soul Affirmation: All vibes are good for me this week! Lucky Numbers: 3, 12, 39

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PISCES Stay flexible this week especially where a partner is concerned. While they may be moody there’s no need for you to join them in their attitude unless you really, really want to! Stay positive and go with the good vibrations that sur‑ round you. Soul Affirmation: I exercise to lower tension this week. Lucky Numbers: 31, 48, 52

Dads on Ice



fter the food and festivities of the Thanksgiving



up, area dads took to the ice for a bit of bonding with the little ones. The Canal Park ice rink, located at 2nd and M Streets Southeast (Navy Yard), teemed with skaters of all ages. While some, like Marcellus Watson and two-year-old son Kimari made speed laps (above), Autumn Jameson, 4, and her dad (below) stayed in the “novice� lane, holding on to the rails to make their rounds. /Photos by Shantella Y. Sherman

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Weekend Sports Highlights


make a real connection George Washington University guard and Eleanor Roosevelt High School alum Lasan Kromah goes over his opponent in the second half to score two points in college basketball action on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Charles E. Smith Center in Northwest. George Washington defeated Hofstra University 80-56. /Photo courtesy of Yousuf Abdullah

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Georgetown forward Greg Whittington fends off his opponent while trying to find a teammate in the second half of college basketball action at the Verizon Center in Northwest on Saturday, Nov. 24. Georgetown defeated the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers 72-50. /Photo by John E. De Freitas


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Charlotte Defeats Washington 108-106 in Double Overtime

Washington Wizards center Nene scored 19 points in his return to the Verizon Center after missing time with a knee injury. “Sometimes you need to take the momentum and go. I had no choice but to help my team. I knew my limitations, but I tried to help as best [as] I could and play the full minutes,” he said. The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Wizards 108-106 in double overtime on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Washington Wizards guard Martell Webster tries to get around Charlotte’s Byron Mullens in the second half of basketball action on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. “I tell the guys, and they think sometimes I’m crazy, [that] it’s hard to win. You’ve got to make plays down the stretch. I thought we had three great looks, [but] they didn’t go in,” said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman. The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Wizards 108-106 in double overtime. /Photo by John E. De Freitas


Charlotte Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions is double-teamed by two Wizards players in the second half of basketball action on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. “It means we are living well. Lady luck is with us again. She was on the flight; she talked to us. We got the rosary beads, the whole deal. It was great. We talked about a double-overtime, self-fulfilling prophecy before the game started,” said Charlotte head coach Mike Dunlap. The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Wizards 108-106 in double overtime. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Charlotte Bobcats guard Jeff Taylor goes up for a dunk in the second half of basketball action on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Wizards 108-106 in double overtime. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Queen of Soul Wows Constitution Hall Crowd By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Assistant Editor For anyone curious about whether or not the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin still has “chops,” they need only to have watched her take the stage Saturday, Nov. 17, at DAR Constitution Hall, to know for sure, she is still the “Queen.” In a floorlength sequined gown, Franklin, 70, sashayed onto the stage and belted out songs from a career that has spanned more than 50 years to a crowd she seemed to transfix from the onset. Like some primal language both distant and psychically familiar, Franklin’s voice summoned the spirits of loss loves, better yesterdays, and hopeful tomorrows. She is still unapologetically ‘raw’ in deliverance, singing to the heart and soul as opposed to the ear. Franklin sailed through classic songs like “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” and “Daydreaming,” with audience members from 18 to 80 singing and dancing along. Husband and wife Angus and Helene Cooper, both 69, said they fell in love to Franklin’s music, which as white Montgomery County suburbanites, they considered revolutionary. “I was trying to burn my bra and fight for civil rights and ‘Gus’ was coming out of a war he didn’t understand and somehow we met up at a social one night and danced to ‘Until You Come Back to Me.’ Somehow, that song made us feel like we’d known each other for years,” Helene said. “It was like some spell over us.

We got married a year later and it’s been our song ever since,” added Angus. Mid-show, Franklin offered a fitting musical tribute to her “Christian Sister” the late Whitney Houston, with whom she collaborated on the 1989 song “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be” for Franklin’s 1989 album Through the Storm. Franklin, often referred to by music insiders as Houston’s godmother and aunt, was visibly moved during the tribute, which included screen projections of Houston’s images to accompany Franklin’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” “I watched her growth and development as an artist. It became apparent that she was the signaling of a younger generation coming in and a role model for many young vocal aspirants; a rose who came into full bloom. Let us all applaud and remember Whitney for the beautiful, giving and caring young lady and the talented artist she was, the great music and performances. Remember the hits. Forget the misses. A true superstar has gone on, flown away on the wings of love,” Franklin said earlier of Houston. In addition to the classics, Franklin treated fans to a dose of high-spirited church with a musical set of gospel songs that sent people dancing and waving down the aisles. On hand for the performance were first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who partied hard. wi

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The 12 Things That Make Men Rich, Part 4 In this final of a four-part series, you will read about the last three of 12 principles that make men rich. Not to confuse these tenets with the 13 principles for success, Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich studied this subject from many angles throughout his 20 years of research. Not only did he repeatedly discover the main principles, he also includes in his book, those things that make men rich; and he’s not speaking of money only. There are 12 things Hill discovered that make men rich. Here, I share with you the complete list of 12, in case you missed previous columns. Men are rich when they go through life, 1-With a positive mental attitude; he found that men are rich when they 2- Have sound physical health; 3-You have harmony in human relations; 4-You have freedom from fear; 5-You have hope of future achievement; 6-You have the capacity for applied faith; 7-You have a willingness to share your blessings with others; 8-You are engaged in a labor of love; 9-You have an open mind on all subjects toward all people. And this week, we will conclude this fourpart series by sharing the final three things that make men rich, and they are: 10-You have complete self-discipline, 11-You have wisdom with which to understand people, and 12-You have financial security. Principle No. 10: You have complete self-discipline: What is discipline? It’s defined as controlled behavior resulting from

disciplinary training; self-control. More simply put, this tells each of us that we have control over our behavior that results in the good or bad things that happen in our lives. Either we come home every day from work, eat dinner, sit on the couch and watch television; or we get off work, we go to help someone else in need, maybe you are a tutor for a student; you go to the gym or you take your daily walk; you come home, have your dinner then you take some time to read. You read your Bible, you read a book, and you sit down in front of your computer and work toward your goals. You stick to a routine, rather than just coming home and shutting down. That’s discipline. Principle No. 11: You have wisdom with which to understand people. Well scripture reminds us how sweet wisdom is, and it lets us know that we can have hope. Take a look: “Wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 24:14). Principle No. 12: You have financial security: Meaning whatever amount of finances you believe will work for you. You can feel rich when you have organized your finances in such a way as to ensure that your bills are paid; that you have a strong credit rating; that you have a savings account; or you have worked on your goal as a businessman in one form or another, and you’ve actually learned how to accumulate great wealth, the 11 other things on the list are ab-

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with Lyndia Grant solutely a must. Don’t expect to get wealth and keep it, if you have a negative mental attitude about yourself and others. How can you achieve very much when your health isn’t good; and you expect to become wealthy when you’re not working in harmony with others? Forget about it! You cannot work against others, you must work with them. Take some time, review the list of 12 things that make men rich, and exercise discipline in your life. It is thought-provoking, and it could be a workshop. There is so much more to say!wi Lyndia Grant is an inspirational speaker; religious columnist and radio talk show host of “Think on These Things” 1340-AM Spirit Radio, WYCB. Listen every Friday at 6:00 p.m. Visit her website at; send emails to

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african methodist episcopal

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

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

Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Sunday Worship Service 10: am Sunday Church School 8: 45 am Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon Wednesday 7:00 pm Thursday 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE Washington, DC 20020

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

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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

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

Church of Living Waters

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

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

“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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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

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

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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1064

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1066

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1102

Administration No. 2012 ADM 616

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1101

John Baker Jr. Decedent

Hugh L. Lyon Decedent

Algernon E. Christian, Sr. Decedent

Mary Neda Hawkins Decedent

Dorothy Stephens aka Dorothy Wallace Stephens Decedent

Willie N. Hewett, Esq. 2716 17th Street NE Washington, DC 20018 Attorney

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

Johnny M. Howard, HOUSTON& HOWARD 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney

Robert E. Cappell 3405 Epic Gate Bowie, MD 20716 Attorney





Gwendolyn Baker-Lassiter, whose address is 604 Girard Street NE, Washington, DC 20017, was appointed personal representative of the estate of John Baker Jr., who died on August 17, 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 May 15, 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 May 15, 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.

Yolande Lyon, whose address is 7926 Greenburg Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hugh L. Lyon, who died on July 21, 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 May 15, 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 May 15, 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.

Algernon E. Christian, Jr., whose address is 75 Adams Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Algernon E. Christian, Sr., who died on October 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 May 29, 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 May 29, 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.

Patricia Booth, whose address is 723 Girard Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Neda Hawkins, who died on March 30, 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 May 29, 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 may 29, 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: November 15, 2012

Date of first publication: November 15, 2012

Date of first publication: November 29, 2012

Date of first publication: November 29, 2012

Gwendolyn Baker-Lassiter Personal Representative

Yolande Lyon Personal Representative

Algernon E. Christian, Jr. Personal Representative

Patricia Booth Personal Representative

Joan Morsell Personal Representative






Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer


Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1058

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1121

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1108

Alex Johnson, Jr.

Laforeste Murchison Decedent

Sam Clyburn, Jr.

COLUMBIA Probate Division

Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Janell M. Johnson, whose address is 2000 Mississippi Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Alex Johnson, Jr., who died on June 21, 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 May 15, 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 May 15, 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: November 15, 2012 Janell M. Johnson Personal Representative

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Bonnie Murchison, Latoshia Murchison, Jousha Murchison, whose addresses are 1149 4th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Laforeste Murchison, who died on February 21, 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 May 29, 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 May 29, 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: November 29, 2012 Bonnie Murchison Latoshia Murchison Jousha Murchison Personal Representative

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Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ava B. Morgan, whose address is 6130 13th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Sam Clyburn, Jr., who died on September 2, 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 May 29, 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 May 29, 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: November 29, 2012 Ava B. Morgan Personal Representative




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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Joan Morsell, whose address is 3843 St. Barnabas Rd., Suitland, MD 20746, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Dorothy Stephens aka Dorothy Wallace Stephens, who died on October 5, 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 May 29, 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 May 29, 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:

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 1124 C. Kenneth Johnson aka Clarence Kenneth Johnson Decedent Dalton Howard, Esq. Brooks and Howard 6701 16th St., NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

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Mary Hopkins Navies, whose address is 1201 Firth of Lorne Circle, Ft. Washington, MD 20744, was appointed personal representative of the estate of C. Kenneth Johnson aka Clarence Kenneth Johnson, who died on February 13, 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 May 29, 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 May 29, 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: November 29, 2012 Mary Hopkins Navies Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer



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ficulty arranging for childcare with these variable hours. Of course, that this does not concern their employers. They are more interested in their bottom line, profits. Many who are aware of the labor exploitation at Walmart say that their prices and deals are unbeatable, and with their money tight they have no choice but to seek the best bargains they can find. Yet the price of the great deals is exploitation of another worker. 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.

Screen TV, and other schemes to get money out of your pocket will intensify over the next few days. Watch out! You may get into that debt now and regret it later, especially if Congress and the president do not solve the fiscal cliff issue. On January 31, 2013, you will find yourself with more month than money if you are not careful. While I sincerely do not believe the boys and girls in Washington will allow us to fall, jump, or be pushed off the fiscal cliff, I do believe that whatever they decide and agree upon will hurt those at the bottom tier of the economy. So until Black people learn how to refrain from being the best consumers in the entire world, and produce goods and services to a much greater degree than we do now, we had better learn how to respond appropriately to national and international fiscal issues. Keep your

money in your pocket, the same way big corps are keeping their cash on the sideline, and hold it until you see what direction this nation will be taken by those in charge of it. You can get that big screen TV, that new car, and that entertainment system later. Believe me, the manufacturers will be waiting for your dollars next year, and as Jay Leno used to say in his Doritos commercial, “[They’ll] make more.” wi Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site,

can compete against one another on the basis of who offers the lowest wages, retail workers will not only be pitted against one another but will find themselves caught in an employment maelstrom, whirling around and around, eventually sinking. As consumers we are being taught to close our eyes to the conditions of retail workers, only looking for the best bargains, but here’s my question, to paraphrase the words of the late president of the United Auto Worker, Walter Reuther: If we keep letting the condition of retail workers sink so that

there are alleged bargains for the consumers, who will be in a position to buy the products? I don’t see this question asked and answered on the business pages of my local newspapers. How about you? wi Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us!” – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. He can be reached at

MALVEAUX continued from Page 22 paign, and other actions. Their organization, Making Change at Walmart, says that Walmart can help revive our economy if they will simply offer workers fullweek schedules and fair pay. Barbara Ehrenreich captured the ways that people are forced to work at a store very much like Walmart in her book, Nickeled and Dimed. She wrote about the workers who were forced to work “off the clock,” after they had punched out, or before they punched in. She wrote about the low pay. And she wrote about those supervisors who had made a deal with the devil – implementing unfair policies for their own survival. When Walmart employees speak out there is retaliation.

Clingman continued from Page 22 release their money back into the marketplace. We complain; they retain. Our position should mimic theirs. We should not plan to sleep out all night and get up at 3 a.m. to stand in line on the Friday after Thanksgiving (and this year starting at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day) to spend money we don’t have, to buy something we really don’t need, to impress someone who really doesn’t care. We should not use the upcoming “holiday” season to be an excuse for frivolous purchases, and a way to satisfy our instant gratification mindset. We should put off buying all the stuff we usually buy during this time of the year, until we are in better position to do so. Offers of credit cards, layaway plans, rent-a-couch or a Big

Fletcher continued from Page 22 where it is not expected that a worker will stay for long. The problem, at least from the standpoint of the worker, is that you may sicken of a particular employer but rather than social mobility up, you as a retail worker live the life of the lateral pass, going from employer to employer, but rarely rising to a respectable living standard. The reality is that this situation will not change until and unless retail workers win unionization. As long as employers

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Thomas Azman, OD Muhammad continued from Page 23 become the American Idol, or a Number One Draft Pick (in any sport) our temporary embarrassment will end, and we will join the landed gentry. Not! Today, even as America’s wealth and power is owing in large measure to 300 years of free labor from millions and millions

of Black slaves, and their willing service in the military, fighting in every war, White folks think that Black people are disproportionately moochers. It’s not that poor Southern White people fundamentally oppose higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans. No, it’s that poor Southern White people fundamentally object to Black people receiving benefits from this so-

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just think how bad your life was because you had to go through things; you say how lucky you are to have so much experience.” It’s easy to give thanks for everything good. Eva’s ability to be grateful for the hard times shows a maturity far beyond her years. Her life today is a far cry from, as she says, “the way it should have turned out.” But how many more children and youth like Eva are trapped on dead-end paths of parental poverty, substance abuse, and family violence without ever getting a chance to turn their own lives around? Find out more about the Beat the Odds program and how you can celebrate and support children like Eva who’ve beaten the odds in

your community. Then find out what you can do for the millions of Evas still desperately waiting for hope and help. Begin today by insisting that President Obama and members of Congress put the millions of Evas in our nation at the top of their priorities agenda and pursue justice for all our young who are the poorest Americans. wi Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to

Hampshire.)” The report contains charts that show how income equality plays out at the state level. The state with the largest household income gap was New Mexico, where the bottom fifth averaged $16,319 annually and the top fifth of households earned $161,162, a top-to-bottom ratio of 9.9. New Mexico was followed, in order, by Arizona, California, Georgia, New York, Louisiana, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois and Mississippi. New Mexico also had the greatest gap between the middle fifth of households ($51,136) and top fifth ($161,162), a ratio of 3.2. New Mexico was followed, in order, by California, Georgia, Mississippi, Arizona, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Louisiana. Those gaps were even larger when poor and middle-class households were compared with the top 5 percent of all earners.

For example, the income of the top 5 percent of households was 13.3 times the average income of the bottom fifth. The ratio was more than 15 times that in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Georgia and New York. According to the report, the major reason for the growing economic disparity has been the stagnant wages for workers in the low and middle-income brackets while wages of the highest paid employees have grown significantly. “The erosion weakness of wage growth for workers at the bottom and middle of the income scale reflects a variety of factors,” the report noted. “Over the last 30 years, the nation has seen increasingly long periods of high unemployment, more intense competition from foreign firms, a shift in the mix of jobs from manufacturing to services, and advances in technology that have changed jobs. The share of workers in unions also fell significantly. “The consequences of growing income inequality reach be-

yond individual families,” the report stated. “For instance, in order to compete in the future economy, states and the nation as a whole need a highly-skilled workforce. But research shows that children from poor families don’t perform as well in school and are likely to be less-prepared for the jobs of the future. Moreover, as income gaps widen, wealthy households become increasingly isolated from poor and middle-income communities. This hurts the nation’s sense of community and shared interests, for example, undermining support for public schools and other building blocks of economic growth.”wi George E. Curry, former editor-inchief of Emerge magazine, is editorin-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at

ciety which Black people do not deserve! Obamacare? Hate it because undeserving Black recipients will receive it. Public education? Have always hated it, because it began as a way to teach freed slaves who, with “book learnin’” became “uppity,” too smart for their own good. Social Security? It’s an “entitlement” which needs to be reined in because such government “gifts” and freebies are bankrupting the entire society, and placing a burden on future generations. Ironically, Social Security – which has never been a part of the federal budget deficit because it pays its own way in a separate trust fund, and which coincidentally is

the largest financier of the public debt, wa-a-a-y-y larger than China for example – Social Security would be able to sail off into the sunset if a very minor adjustment was made to its taxing structure. Social Security taxes are only paid on the first $110,000 of income. That means that ALL average wage earners will ALWAYS pay Social Security taxes on ALL their wages. It also means that TV anchors, most professional athletes, and CEOs, and rich bankers, and even many of our elected officials, don’t pay any Social Security taxes after that low, $110,000 threshold is reached. And why not have a “means test” for eligibility for Social Security, meaning that regardless of

your age, if for example someone still earned more than $110,000 that person would not be eligible for government Social Security payments until, let’s say, their income fell below $75,000? That sounds fair to me. Only nothing like that will ever work, because wealthy legislators and judges would never agree to it – the more you eat, the more you get hungry – and besides, if the system had more resources, it would mean those undeserving poor would receive more benefits. And of course we can’t have that. And sadly, we won’t have any of that class-warfare-income-redistribution-stuff, because the face we see on those undeserving poor is a Black face.wi

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