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Barrington M. Salmon

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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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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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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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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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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.

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Families of Slain Teens Participate in Panel Discussion

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.

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Old and New Invigorated by March on Washington

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.

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Simeon Booker, Bernice King Honored on Eve of March

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.

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Urban League Hosts Health and Employment Fair

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.

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Organized Labor Throws Support behind March

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.

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Wells Offers Own Minimum Wage Bill

Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells said he regrets his colleagues’ decision to vote for what they call the “Living Wage” bill last month.

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How the Big Six Fight for Jobs and Freedom Continues

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.

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Historic March on D.C. Horizon

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.

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Bahamas Turns 40

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.

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Organizers Push to Finalize March Plans

March on Washington 50th Anniversary Takes Shape

With the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom fast approaching, organizers in the District are gearing up for the stretch run.

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Student Involvement in Civil Rights Focus of Newseum Exhibit

It would not be far-fetched to say that without the youth, vigor, energy and fearlessness of the young people who stood on the frontlines of the civil rights movement, it may have failed or achieved far less than it did.

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Newseum Exhibit Honors the Civil Rights Movement

The Newseum opened Friday a civil rights exhibit that explores the new generation of student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation by exercising their First Amendment rights and making their voices heard.

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Priebus Building Bridges to Black Community

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is making good on his promise to cement relations with the black community.

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Uniontown Bar & Grill Signals Changing Anacostia Community

Uniontown Bar & Grill is an important part of Anacostia's revitalization, patrons say. Many hope its presence marks another step in the rebirth of an area that is overdue for uplift.

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Holder Moves Against Texas

Attorney General Eric Holder used the National Urban League’s annual conference to fire the first salvo in what will likely be a protracted battle over voting rights.

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Trayvon Martin Supporters March in 100 Cities

Denise Young started her Saturday volunteering at Kingman Island, near RFK Stadium, before joining her three children at Constitution Avenue and 5th Street, NW, for a justice rally for Trayvon Martin.

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Nikki Giovanni Rocks Busboys and Poets

For most of her 70 years, poet Nikki Giovanni has lived by the philosophy that there are things you stand up for because they're right.

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If D.C.'s 'Living Wage' Veto Comes, Wal-Mart Stays

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has the unenviable task of deciding whether to veto a city council bill that would set $12.50 as a living wage for employees of large retail companies.

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Zimmerman Acquittal Spurs Protests, Outrage

In the days since a six-woman jury returned a not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, protests have broken out in communities across the country and people representing a rainbow of cultures and ethnicities have vowed to fight against a system they assert places no value on the lives of African Americans.

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Zimmerman Verdict Sparks Outrage But Not Shock

The acquittal of George Zimmerman brings to a close a three-week trial in a racially-charged case that polarized the nation and illustrated the deep divide that still separates America.

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Januwa Moja: Art as a Reflection of Black Life

For more than 40 years, Januwa Moja has designed exquisite African-inspired outfits far from the runways of London, Paris and Milan.

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Sculptor's Bronze of Douglass Finds a Permanent Home

For more than two years, the statue of Frederick Douglass stood in the foyer of One Judiciary Square in Northwest, destined for the Capitol but stuck in a political and legislative limbo. But all that changed on June 19.

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DCTV Honors the Best at Viewers' Choice Ceremony

The Washington Informer Wins in Sports Category

Tsedey Aragie was recognized by public access channel DCTV with two awards for excellence: New Producer of the Year and Innovative Program of the Year for creativity, production quality and audience impact.

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Michael Brown Plea Generates Anger, Disgust

Wayne Strickland's face captured the disdain he said he feels upon hearing that former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown pled guilty last week to taking $55,000 in bribes from FBI undercover agents.

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Trayvon Martin Trial Looms Large

For more than a month after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., hundreds of thousands of angry protestors across the United States and in cities around the world, took to the streets. In perhaps a week or so, George Zimmerman's murder trial will begin, and America will once again be embroiled in a case that generated widespread outrage in many quarters and exposed a deeply polarized nation.

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Wilkins Nomination Sparks Hope of Quick Confirmation

There has been universal praise in the African American and legal communities following the nomination of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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Maintaining and Preserving D.C. Homes is DHCD's Bailiwick

The statement that best captures the mission of the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development is to keep people in their homes, the agency’s director said.

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SBA's Johns Takes Farewell Tour

After three years as Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator, Marie Johns decided two weeks ago to embark on what amounts to a farewell tour just prior to her departure.

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Hundreds Race for the Black and Missing

In 2012, more than 265,000 minorities were reported missing in the U.S., the reason the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., hosted its first annual "Hope Without Boundaries" 5K Run/Walk at National Harbor in Ft. Washington, Md.

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Health Benefit Exchange Takes Root

The District of Columbia recently passed a critical federal test of its Health Benefits Exchange IT system, and that has paved the way for the city to push toward establishing a comprehensive health plan for uninsured residents.

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Sheila E Wows Smithsonian Crowd

Sheila E was in town May 16 to perform at a tribute concert celebrating the life of the late Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go.

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Bonds Retains D.C. Council Seat

D.C. Council member Anita Bonds prevailed in a special election race that pundits and commentators up to the last hours of the months-long campaign said would be decided by perhaps as few as a couple hundred votes.

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Africare Gala Puts Africa in Spotlight

Defying Expectations. These words – emblazoned on the front page of Africare's 2013 annual report – embody the organization's 40-year quest to present an African reality to the world that is fact not fiction.

DHCD Auctioning Houses to D.C. Residents

Two lucky District residents will become the proud owners of two new homes in a lottery drawing later this spring.

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Free Angela! Film Chronicles Activist’s Journey

In 1969, Angela Davis was every white man's worst nightmare: Educated, possessor of a formidable intellect, black, assertive, an activist, a woman, and a communist.

Empower DC Lawsuit Lands in Federal Court

Activist Says the Fight Has Just Begun...

Parents, Concerned Residents Fight Back

Empower DC Files Lawsuit to Stop School Closings...

Congressional Black Caucus Presents Alternate Budget

Organization Contends Their Version is a Sharp Contrast to Ryan's...

New Pope Stirs Excitement among the Faithful

Across the Catholic world, the new pope has excited the faithful and triggered an outpouring...

Maria Gomez, Mary Center's Visionary and Engine

It still feels like a dream, hearing her name called, striding confidently onstage and being...

America Grapples With Sequester Fallout

One day before $85 billion worth of automatic, across-the-board cuts to domestic and defense programs...