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Barrington M. Salmon

Stories by Barrington M.

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African-Americans Count for Little at the World Bank

Phyllis Muhammad's official and unofficial responsibilities at the World Bank gave her a bird's eye view of the steady and significant patterns of racism and discrimination perpetrated at the institution.

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Mills Family Seeks Justice

Firefighters Disregard Medical Emergency

District residents and elected officials are still at a loss as to why firefighters from the Engine 15 station house neglected to help a critically ill man last month.

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Republicans Mark Black History Month with Luncheon

In what Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus expects to be a yearly event, he and more than 300 mostly African-American Republicans, supporters and their friends celebrated Black History Month with an awards luncheon.

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Mills Family Demands Accountability, Changes to D.C. Law

The family of Medric Cecil Mills Jr. and their attorneys are calling for the firing of firefighters and D.C. Fire and Emergency Management personnel who refused to help when Mills suffered a medical emergency and subsequently died.

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Black Staffers Battle Racism and Discrimination at World Bank

For more than seven years, Yonas Biru has been fighting the World Bank. The Ethiopian native and Silver Spring, Md., resident said he's learned the hard way the price of being black at the venerable institution.

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Play Brings the Three Ms to Life

Malcolm, Martin & Medgar Remembered

During a question and answer session of a dramatic reading marking the beginning of Black History Month, one of the more than 60 people in the audience asked the group on stage who is Medgar Evers.

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Shallal Extols Benefits of Not Being a Politician

Race. Gentrification. Economic inequities. Failing schools. Cronyism. An absence of leadership. These are some of the issues D.C. mayoral candidate Anas "Andy" Shallal says stand in the way of the nation’s capital being a truly great city.

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Robeson Rediscovered

"The Tallest Tree in the Forest," which runs at the Arena Stage on the Waterfront in Southwest until Feb. 16, recounts the uncommon life of Paul Robeson.

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MLK and Mandela: Two Men, Two Countries, One Goal

Although civil and human rights icons Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. never met, there are a number of parallels between these iconic men.

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Gray Swears In MLK Commission

Although it’s cutting it really close to organize happenings and events for this year’s MLK holiday, over the next three years, the District’s Secretary of State and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) expect a newly constituted commission to develop and implement a number of such activities.

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MLK and Mandela: Keepers of the Flame

When former South African President Nelson R. Mandela died on Dec. 5, more often than not, admirers mentioned the name of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in the same breath.

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Belafonte and Civil Rights Icons Honored

Phi Beta Sigma Celebrates Centennial

The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity’s Centennial Founders Ball had a distinctive Civil Rights flavor as more than 1,000 fraternity members and supporters celebrated the organization’s first 100 years.

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D.C. Officials Crack Down on Cigarette Sales of 'Loosies'

The District's Office of Tax and Revenue has been busy cracking down on owners and employees of retail businesses which sell single cigarettes.

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DC Chamber Looks to the Future

Over the course of 75 years, the DC Chamber of Commerce has seen a remarkable transformation from the voice of small and minority businesses at its inception in 1938, to an extremely effective and powerful advocate for businesses in the District of Columbia.

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Gray: Economic Development Plan Bearing Fruit

The District of Columbia is riding the wave of an economic boon that going into its second year has produced almost 18,000 new jobs, $281 million in tax revenue and slightly less than $1 billion in foreign investment in real estate projects.

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Concerned Residents Decry Gentrification

Until a few years ago, black District residents proudly called their city “Chocolate City,” at a time when more than 70 percent of the 528,000 residents were African American.

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Mandela Lauded at National Cathedral

Those touched and influenced by Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela but unable to travel to South Africa for his state funeral had the opportunity to say goodbye here in Washington, D.C.

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SALMON: Mandela's Influence Runs Deep

I'm not sure why but there has always been a special bond between Jamaica, South Africa and Nelson Mandela.

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Mandela's Legacy Looms Large

Since South African human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela died, a steady stream of people of all shades and ethnicities have been making pilgrimages to the South African embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. to pay homage.

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Nelson Mandela, Former South African President, Dies

Anti-Apartheid Hero Mourned Around the Globe

In Washington, D.C., and far-flung corners of the world, admirers of human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela are recalling the life of South Africa’s first black president, who was also a freedom fighter branded a terrorist, a Nobel Laureate, political prisoner, lifelong rebel and thorn in the side of the white minority government.

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Senate Clears Way for Obama Nominations

The new year will reveal to the public and others, what the actual effects of a Democratic move to blunt Republican overuse of the filibuster will have on relations between both parties.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Says He'll Run for Second Term

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray reiterated his desire to continue serving as the chief executive of the nation's capital at a Dec. 3 press conference, and swatted away reporters' questions about a 2010 campaign scandal that has dogged his administration for more than three years.

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AMEX and Think Local DC Promote Area Businesses

As residents in the Washington metropolitan area gear up for Black Friday, American Express and a local nonprofit are encouraging District residents to consider shopping a little closer to home this year.

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D.C. Honors Veterans and Tuskegee Airmen

At a ceremony following the laying of the wreath, more than 100 people trooped across the street to the Civil War Museum where Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to two of the original Tuskegee Airmen.

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Friends, Well-Wishers Honor Maudine Cooper

Several hundred friends, family, colleagues, employees and admirers who gave Cooper a lighthearted, spirited and poignant sendoff at a Friday, Nov. 8 tribute marking her retirement from public life.

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Immigration Reform Stuck in Limbo

While President Barack Obama announced recently that passage of comprehensive immigration reform is a legislative priority, it’s unclear when and whether a bill will pass.

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RAP, Inc. Celebrates 43 Years

For 43 years, the staff of Regional Addiction Prevention, Inc., (RAP) has provided substance-abuse treatment and medical services to those in need of help.

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Charlayne Woodard Wows in 'The Night Watcher'

Armed with a chair, a beautiful, disarming smile and almost otherworldly energy, actress, singer and playwright Charlayne Woodard took a Studio Theatre audience on a magical two-hour odyssey that left them amazed and fulfilled.

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DCTV Pays Tribute to Community Leaders

The weather wasn't particularly hospitable — overcast, windy and chilly with occasional splashes of sunlight — but that didn't deter several dozen friends and supporters of DCTV from spending the afternoon at what was essentially the kickoff of DCTV’s 25th anniversary.

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Grenada: 30 Years Later

Don Rojas didn't know that when he accepted Maurice Bishop's offer to become his press secretary that he'd end up being an eyewitness to a coup, and an invasion of Grenada by the U.S. military.

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D.C. Moves Toward Lesser Sanctions for Pot Possession

The District of Columbia is joining a growing number of states and cities which are reversing their positions with regards to marijuana use.

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Congress Grants D.C. Temporary Spending Authority

Gray and Norton's Persistence Pays Off

The District of Columbia scored a significant but temporary victory last week when the Obama administration and Congress freed up the city's local funds and agreed to allow city officials to spend its revenue unfettered for fiscal year 2014.

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Shutdown Exposes Simmering Conflicts

The federal government has reopened, 800,000 so-called "non-essential" federal employees are back at work, post-mortems of winners and losers drag on and a somewhat chastened Republican Party hopes it won't get punished in the 2014 midterm elections.

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D.C. Residents Tackle Mental Health

In the District and elsewhere, men, women and children dealing with mental health problems walk among us every day and we're often none the wiser.

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Walters Honored, Lionized at Conference

Dr. Ron Walters would have been right at home at a two-day conference marking the official launch of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center at Howard University.

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Government Shutdown Ensnares D.C.

As the partial shutdown of the federal government moves into its third week, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said the city remains open for business adding that he remains optimistic despite the deadlock.

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GOP, Democrats Still at Loggerheads as Shutdown Drags On

It’s Week Two of a government shutdown which has paralyzed the nation and brought government operations to a virtual standstill.

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Common Good City Farm — Stepping into the Breach

Even as construction and new buildings transform the District of Columbia, a sometimes overlooked but increasingly popular activity is gaining currency: urban farms.

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Democratic, GOP Squabbling Leads to Government Shutdown

Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders for months have sparred for supremacy over a spending bill and other political issues, doing little more than leading the nation to the inevitable: An inability to agree on legislation that would fund the government and avoid a government shutdown.

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Amerihealth, Coca-Cola Partner to Fight Health Disparities in D.C.

AmeriHealth Caritas and the Coca-Cola Company have established a new partnership that will allow AmeriHealth to reach residents across the Anacostia River who too often exhibit the widest range and greatest number of health disparities.

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House Vote Could Worsen Food Insecurity

A vote by a majority of Republican members of the House of Representatives to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistant Program could further jeopardize millions of people receiving assistance.

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Rain or No Rain, H Street Festival Shines

Overcast skies and sometime heavy rains did little to dampen the spirits and mood of the hundreds of thousands of people at this year's H Street Festival.

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Gray Veto Pleases Businesses, Inflames Others

Mayor Vincent C. Gray vetoed a living wage bill Thursday that would have required Big Box retailers in the District to pay their employees $12.50 an hour.

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Questions Swirl after Mass Shooting at Washington Navy Yard

13 Dead, 10 Injured in Early Morning Rampage

Residents in the District of Columbia continue to come to terms with a mass shooting that left 13 people dead and more than a dozen injured at the Navy Yard in Southeast on Monday morning.

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Photographer and Icon Recall Special Day

For Edith Lee-Payne and Rowland Scherman, theirs is a connection forged by a chance encounter 50 years ago.

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Obama Makes Case to Skeptical Public for Military Action in Syria

President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night during prime time, explaining his rationale as to why the U.S. should punish Syria for a chemical weapon attack he blames on President Bashir Al-Assad.

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KanKouran Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary in Style

For about an hour and a half, members of the KanKouran West African Dance Company held a standing-room-only audience spellbound with the stellar drumming and scintillating dance numbers for which the group is known.

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March on Washington 2013: The Aftermath

Fifty years ago, more than 250,000 people came to Washington to be part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. While many aspects of the freedom part have been addressed, this country has fallen woefully short of providing the jobs black Americans need.

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Local Art Exhibit Spotlights Racism, Injustice

Artists Embrace Social Activism

Dozens of pieces of art are on display as part of "The Art of Justice: Honoring and Continuing a Movement for Equality through Artistic Expression," an exhibit at the Mount Rainier Artist Lofts gallery in Mount Ranier, Md.

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Obama, King Family, Celebs Observe March Anniversary

President: U.S. Has 'Unfinished Business' to Fulfill MLK's Dream

Tens of thousands of people — representing a rainbow of colors, cultures and ethnicities — braved long lines, tight security, overcast skies, humidity and intermittent showers to listen Wednesday to civil rights veterans, entertainers, union leaders and politicians honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the well-known and nameless members of a civil rights movement that transformed the racial and social landscape of this country.