Alumni from Dunbar High School were delighted to attend the world premiere of “Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement,” at the Landmark E Street Cinema, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in northwest D.C. Patrons purchased popcorn and found the best seat in the house to view the first documentary highlighting one of America’s oldest public high schools for African Americans. The high school, named after the famous poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, has a controversial history that many continue to find of interest today, in which some claim it to have been a school for the elite. The film featured well known alumni such as former DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Congress woman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Colbert King, who gave an oral history of the school’s challenges with desegregation, funding issues, low enrollment, and building renovation. Dorothy C. Egbufor, a 1991 alumnae, moderated a panel discussion with the cast members after the screening.
The Sixth Annual Stateswomen for Justice Luncheon convened at the National Press Club, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12 noon in Northwest D.C. The event serves as a platform to discuss and bring awareness to economic justice, voting rights, quality and affordable education, police reform, and racial and criminal justice for now. This year’s theme “The Urgency of Now: Seizing Our Power to Survive and Thrive”, featured guest panelists Melanie Campbell, Barbara Arnwine, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Janice Ryan and moderator April Ryan. After the discussion, attendees participated in a question and answer session, and had the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of Dr. Malveaux’s latest book “Are We Better Off Yet? Race, Obama and Public Policy.” Hazel Tricey Edney, president and CEO of Wire News, spearheaded this highly attended meeting which brings together women and men from diverse backgrounds. The mission of Wire News is to offer content: stories, special reports, and perspective articles to speak truth to power, and to empower readers with information to chart and strengthen the African American press.
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