Thousands gathered on the grounds of the Washington Monument in celebration of the Annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival, one of the most highlighted events during the National Cherry Blossom season. Although this year’s kite flying got off to a slightly slower start compared to past years due to the minimum rainfall, that didn’t discourage the masses from coming out and celebrating for hours on Saturday, April 2. Photos by Travis Riddick
THEARC on Mississippi Avenue in Southeast D.C. was lit up with blue lights in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm. Ward 8 Council member LaRuby May joined residents and guest speakers from Autism Speaks of the National Capital Region to educate the community about the neurological disorder that affects more than 1 in 68 children in the U.S. Attendees received literature on how to recognize the signs of the disability, complimentary blue light bulbs, water bottles, wrist bands, and were served blue ice cream. Students from the Malcolm X Elementary School drum line and pom pom squad provided the entertainment.
Always a great day to play one of America’s favorite sports “baseball”, however dozens from the Washington Nationals Youth Academy got the opportunity to take it to the field with several Washington Nationals major league players. On Friday, April 1, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper and other players assisted in a fun filled game of baseball with the youth of the Washington Nationals Youth Academy located in Southeast Washington.
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.
The holiday season can be especially difficult when a family has no money to buy gifts or, more importantly, to feed itself. Howard University’s radio station, WHUR-FM, and Howard students took to the streets around the university and the airwaves from sunup to sundown to alleviate some of the financial and hunger problems facing the less fortunate with their annual Food 2 Feed event with a 12-hour food and donation drive.
The most expansive body-worn camera program in the nation could go into effect in the District as early as the first week of December. After eight months of extensive public and stakeholder input, the committee on the Judiciary passed Bill 21-0351, the Body-Worn Camera Program Amendment Act of 2015, on Thursday, Nov. 19. Following the committee’s vote, the bill will go to the full council for the first of two votes on Dec. 1.
From Ward 8, where Council member LaRuby May continued a tradition in Southeast on Monday, Nov. 23, established by the late Marion Barry, who served the District for over 30 years as mayor and council member, to the Verizon Center where nonperishable food donations poured in to support a community effort to feed over 3,000 families in the Greater Washington area, giving thanks and helping those less fortunate remained the focus as Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, approached. [read more…]
A year after the death of Marion Barry, a committee organized to honor the legacy of the former D.C. mayor and Ward 8 Council member has recommended several ways to do so after eliciting public input, including erecting a statue and renaming schools and streets for the iconic political stalwart. [read more…]