While the nation appears to be in an economic recovery, leaders of the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus bemoan the high number of unemployed blacks.
Valerie Montgomery Rice, the executive vice president and dean of Morehouse's School of Medicine, is the school's newest president and the first black woman to lead an independent medical school.
Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams has publicly endorsed Council member Muriel Bowser's quest to become the next mayor of the District.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and leaders of the city's democracy movement are urging residents to boycott vacation destinations in the district of Rep. Andy Harris — including Ocean City — in retaliation to the Maryland Republican's push to stop marijuana decriminalization in the District.
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton announced Thursday that the St. Elizabeths West complex in Southeast is slated to receive a substantial amount of federal funds and the building of the huge project will proceed, contrary to several reports.
Natalie Williams, the president of the Ward 8 Democrats, battled members of the organization's executive board earlier this year but has since made peace with her former adversaries.
Cable channel Centric will air a two-hour special dedicated to the 2014 D.C. Emancipation Day Town Hall on July 4, Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) announced Wednesday.
D.C. is no longer one of America's breeding grounds for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and other ailments, according to a report released Wednesday by the Gray administration.
The Navy made history Tuesday when it promoted Michelle Howard, an African-American, to be its first female four-star admiral.
Peaceoholics, an anti-gang, anti-violence nonprofit in the District, suffered a legal setback Tuesday when a D.C. Superior Court judge entered an order of default judgment against the group and its CEO for more than $600,000.
President Obama and other Democratic leaders expressed concerns about the Supreme Court's ruling Monday that some government employees do not have to pay fees to the labor organizations representing them.
Political leaders nationwide lamented the Supreme Court's ruling Monday on Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby allowing for-profit employers to use religious reasons to opt out of a mandate of the Obama health care law to provide contraceptive coverage.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently introduced a bill that would incentivize states to replace overly harsh school disciplinary actions and juvenile court punishment with evidence-based solutions that save money, enhance public safety and improve youth outcomes.
The Washington Redskins are hoping that Jerry Rice Jr. is a chip off the old block.
D.C. Council member Anita Bonds wants to make sure that Ward 8's Good Hope Road in Southeast receives as much economic attention as it needs to develop.
In a rare show of unity, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the Obama administration and stated that recess appointment for high-level administrative posts made by the president had its limits.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he will not keep an anti-voting rights decision made by the Supreme Court last year prevent him making sure that all Americans have fair access to the ballot box.
A bill authored by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), the "Attorney General Partisan Election Implementation Act," may be key to the election of the District's first attorney general in November.
Anthony Brown and his successful bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination was the focal point for most African-Americans on election night Tuesday, but blacks also quietly played a big role in a veteran Republican senator's defeat of a tea party favorite in the Deep South.
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is fighting to stop an amendment to a House appropriation bill that would block the District from decriminalizing marijuana.
The NAACP told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 struck down last year by the Supreme Court need to be reactivated to ensure citizens will be allowed to vote freely.
The District of Columbia 2015 budget proposal to be submitted to Mayor Vincent Gray (D) contains the controversial "yoga tax" that will extend the city's sales tax to include gym and fitness services.
D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie was recently recognized by the National Bar Association, the leading organization for African-American legal professionals.
Danielle R. Holley-Walker, the associate dean for academic affairs and a law professor at the University of South Carolina Law School, is the new dean of the Howard University School of Law, the school announced Monday.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday's announcement of a $40 million settlement in the controversial Central Park Five case was a "monumental victory" for five young men of color who were unjustly imprisoned for a crime they didn't commit.
Former D.C. Council member and independent mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz said she will not accept campaign contributions from limited liability companies (LLCs) that are a part of any corporation that has already given the legal maximum.
Lillian Perdomo, who spent years in the trenches of District grassroots politics and community activism, says she is ready to represent Ward 1 on the D.C. State Board of Education.
Mayor Vincent Gray launched the "One Congregation, One Family" initiative Wednesday at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Northwest to address the increasing need for secure housing and other social services.
Reps. Marcia Fudge, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and John Lewis will join the bipartisan leadership of both houses of Congress in a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on restoring sections of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act on June 25, and leaders of the NAACP could not be happier.
The United Church of Christ's Mid-Atlantic sector passed a resolution Saturday calling for a boycott of the Washington Redskins until the team changes its name, which it deems offensive to Native Americans.
Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards, along with Republican colleague Shelley Capito, recently introduced a resolution which recognizes the risks of cardiovascular disease and promotes preventive heart screenings for women.
Carol Schwartz, the former D.C. Council stalwart who recently launched an unexpected bid for mayor, made another somewhat surprising move Saturday when she announced that she signed a petition to put Council member David Catania, one of her chief competitors, on the Nov. 4 general election mayoral ballot.
D.C. is vying for the U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympics, the top official of the U.S. Olympic Committee said.
D.C. Council member David Grosso, who joined the council in 2013, aspires to be a good legislator but has a tendency to do things his way.
While most Democrats in Virginia cheered Don Beyer's primary victory in his bid to replace Rep. Jim Moran (D) in the House and the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Rep. Bobby Scott said that the changes will come at a price.
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton scored a major political victory Monday when she shepherded through the House an amendment to a transportation bill that prevents racial profiling of motorists by law enforcement officials.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the Justice Department supports a proposal to allow some people serving time in federal prison for nonviolent drug offenses to be eligible for reduced sentences.
President Obama signed an executive order Monday mandating that borrowers of student loans can pay at only 10 percent of their monthly income, part of his attempt to ease the increasing burden of student loan debt.
Blake D. Morant has been selected as the George Washington University's next dean of law, the university announced Monday.
Six cities are in the running to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the Democratic National Committee announced Saturday.
The Koch brothers, known in political circles as generous supporters of conservative causes and opponents of President Obama, recently donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund.
Leading District advocates for returning citizens say a bill authored by D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) will remove barriers to gaining employment in the city, despite their trepidation about the legislation.
The Prince George's County Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution condemning African military group, Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for the abduction of 276 Nigerian girls from a boarding school in April.
D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services Chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced Wednesday that he will resign in July, putting an end to months of speculation about his job security and repeated calls for him to step aside.
In a surprising move, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the city must hold an election for the office of attorney general as soon as possible.
Tanya Chutkan, an Eleanor Holmes Norton-recommended nominee for judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, received confirmation Wednesday from the U.S. Senate, becoming just the second black woman to serve on the court in 32 years.
D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) used her better judgment and has decided not to run as an independent at-large candidate in the upcoming general election, and her constituents agree that she made the right decision.
D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) is being criticized by leaders of a group who wants the new McMillan Park project in Northwest to be an environmentally-friendly, historically-relevant entity.
PC Construction, a national employee-owned company with a location in Arlington, Virginia, announced that it has donated $15,000 to three D.C. charities as part of its "Building Communities: PC Gives Back" campaign.