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.
The District's Office of Tax and Revenue has been busy cracking down on owners and employees of retail businesses which sell single cigarettes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm not sure why but there has always been a special bond between Jamaica, South Africa and Nelson Mandela.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The District of Columbia is joining a growing number of states and cities which are reversing their positions with regards to marijuana use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s Week Two of a government shutdown which has paralyzed the nation and brought government operations to a virtual standstill.
Even as construction and new buildings transform the District of Columbia, a sometimes overlooked but increasingly popular activity is gaining currency: urban farms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Edith Lee-Payne and Rowland Scherman, theirs is a connection forged by a chance encounter 50 years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Till, Martin Families Discuss Similarities, Grief, Connections
Fifty-seven years separate their deaths, but the murders of Emmett Louis Till in August 1955 and Trayvon Benjamin Martin in February 2012 crystallized in the minds of people, especially African Americans, the utter disdain with which some sections of society hold the lives of their children.
The Perfect Storm: Trayvon Martin, the Supreme Court, Voter Suppression
Tens of thousands of men, women and children from around the country gathered and marched Saturday on the National Mall in an act that mirrored the gathering five decades ago.
Simeon Booker may be 94, but as radio host Joe Madison noted Thursday night, the veteran journalist has lost none of his verve and feistiness.
Minutes before the Community Health and Wellness Back to School Festival and Hiring Fair opened on Saturday, Aug. 16, a throng of people, primarily women and children, pressed forward waiting for security officers to let them into the courtyard of the Greater Washington Urban League in Northwest.
Bill Lucy wasn’t among the more than 250,000 people who took part in the 1963 March on Washington, but on the 50th anniversary of the seminal civil rights event, he said organized labor would be well represented.
Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells said he regrets his colleagues’ decision to vote for what they call the “Living Wage” bill last month.
For any detractors who think major civil rights organizations are irrelevant, Bob Ross says recent developments that adversely affect African Americans are a not-too-subtle reminder of the need for these organizations’ continued activism.
As the District of Columbia prepares for the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said the city will provide materiel resources and in-kind services to support the march’s 50th anniversary.
Ambassador Dr. Elliston Rahming and Consul-General Paulette Zonicle took to the dance floor early and often Friday night, leading their Bahamian friends, colleagues, counterparts and supporters of the island nation in celebration.