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Denise Rolark-Barnes

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The Washington Informer: 2013 in Review

This year seems like a blur in retrospect but a rear-view look over the past 12 months showed that it proved to be extremely busy and newsworthy.

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Campaign Helps Minorities Recognize Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Justice and HUD have found that the biggest problem in its attempt to end housing discrimination is educating the public on when and how to file a complaint.

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CBCF's New Leader Plans for 'Flawless Execution'

A. Shuanise Washington’s first impression of the Congressional Black Caucus came when she was a teenager.

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'I Was There…'

Beverly Cowser, a retired D.C. public school teacher, was only 18 years old when she came to the District for the famous March.

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One on One with Congressman John Lewis

Often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” Congressman John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America.

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D.C. Council Passes Living Wage Bill 8-5; Wal-Mart Nixes 3 Locations

The D.C. Council voted 8-5 Wednesday afternoon to pass a controversial act requiring big-box retailers to pay their employees a minimum wage of $12.50 an hour.

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The 'Inside Story' of Neighborhood Revitalization

With all of this newness being created in the District, there are still many neighborhoods that have held on to their unique charm, with residents maintaining their property's value and appeal.

CBC Fights Cost of Prison Calls

D.C. Resident Began Battle More than a Decade Ago

Communicating with loved ones while incarcerated isn't easy for most prisoners jailed in the United States.

Gray Makes Impassioned Plea to Democrats for D.C. Statehood

D.C. delegates stood their ground and made a strong case for Statehood before the Democratic...

Like a Phoenix Out of the Ashes, Howard Theatre Arises

One of the most respected symbols of a bygone era for African-Americans in the District...

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Allen Chapel AME Church Breaks Ground for New Senior Housing

91 Units of Affordable Housing Coming to Southeast...

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African, Arab Women Win Peace Prize

The Norwegian-based Nobel Committee was awarded today to three African and Arab women in recognition...

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NAACP, Civil Rights Leaders Mourn Loss of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

Civil rights icon the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth has died, leaving few remaining living leaders of...

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Protestors Demand Fair Hiring Practices on St. Elizabeth's Project

Hundreds of angry demonstrators blocked the entrance to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) construction...

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Faith Leaders to Make Urgent Call to Congress to Pass New CRA Law

Faith leaders from around the country held an emergency summit in the District to organize...

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A Unique Experience for Holiday Shoppers

While crowds waited in long lines to burst through the doors of major...

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New Marquis Marriott Coming Soon to Shaw

City officials and developers broke ground Wednesday for the of the long-awaited Washington Marriott Marquis...

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Marchers Take 5-Mile Walk to Reclaim Dr. King's Dream

Martin Luther King, III, Reverend Al Sharpton and Mark Thompson pray at the...

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Gray Wins Ward 4 Straw Poll on Fenty's Home Turf

The largest straw poll for the 2010 election for D.C. mayor was in Ward...

Ministers Test Candidates' Faith-Based Agenda at Mayoral Forum

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has not graced a mid-day Monday meeting of the Missionary Baptist...

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Restoration Efforts Underway for Historic District Church

$5 Million Goal Set to Ensure Metropolitan AME...

Nation Mourns Death of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks

Leaders and friends from across the country are mourning the loss of Benjamin Lawson Hooks,...

President Obama Visits SE Church on Easter Sunday

There was great anticipation at Allen Chapel AME Church in Southeast last Sunday morning. Word...

Officials Promise Solutions at Services for Shooting Victims

Funeral services for the four young victims of a drive-by shooting in Southeast on Tue.,...

New Fitness Center Brings a SPIRIT of Wellness to Southeast

High above the bustling streets of historic Anacostia where hints of an economic renaissance dot...

Black Methodist Denominations Hold Historic Meeting in S. Carolina

Three of the nation€s largest African American denominations stepped across religious boundaries to coalesce around...

Jobs Center Opens for Business at St. Elizabeths

Laborers Needed to Begin Major Construction Project...

Judith Jamison Celebrates 20 Years As Ailey Company€s Artistic Director

Judith Jamison€s home is on the stage. It is there where she has captured the...

Rev. Jesse Jackson Puts Face on Foreclosures

Calls for Mass Action in County Hit the Hardest...

African Journalists Fight to Tell their Stories

The Black press has often been referred to as €soldiers without swords€, tackling corruption and...

A Home for Soliders in Southeast

Greg Crawford watched his father, H.R. Crawford, a real estate developer and former Ward 6...

Rockford Shooting Shows Need for National Law Enforcement Standards

The NAACP, in partnership with Operation Rainbow PUSH, has joined a mobilization effort with the...

Ministry Offers Hope to Area€s Jobless

Job seekers with resumes in-hand filed into the Temple of Praise Church lower auditorium in...

Social Networking Lessons Prepare Young Girls for Internet Dangers

MySpace, Facebook and Twitter were the focus of a day-long town hall meeting designed to...

DMV Closing Adds Burden to Southeast Service Center

The Department of Motor Vehicles Brentwood Service Center will close tomorrow, Fri., Aug. 14, leaving...

NAACP Ends First Century Stronger

Officials are More Determined to Battle Injustice...

Metro Driver Remembered for €Saving Lives€

Mourners poured into the Temple of Praise Church sanctuary in Southeast on Fri., June 26...

Norton, D.C. Council Undeterred by Voting Rights Delay

D.C. voting rights advocates are trying to regroup after this week€s announcement of Majority Leader...

Tavis Smiley Launches Five-City Nationwide Tour in D.C.

F ans of television talk-show host Tavis Smiley said they came to see him at...

Advocates for D.C. Emancipation Day Push to Save Paid Day Off

D.C. Emancipation Day is a testament to the devout commitment of Loretta Carter Hanes, a...

2010 Census Seeks Partners to Get Americans Counted

The decades-old challenge of counting the U.S. population will be met by more than 1,000...

Salute to HIV/AIDS Fighters Cut from Whitman Walker Staff

The compassionate concern two women have shown for hundreds of D.C. men and...

The Obama Presidency, Challenges in the Black Community Lead Series on €Meet the Press€

The economic crisis in the U.S. will continue to contribute to the high incarceration rate,...

HHS Appointee Visits SE Wellness Center to Hear Seniors Healthcare Concerns

With the Nation€s Capital gearing up for President-elect Barack Obama€s massive inaugural celebration, a prelude...