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New PG Basketball Team Plays First ABA Game
New PG Basketball Team Plays First ABA Game

New PG Basketball Team Plays First ABA Game

The first official sports team of Prince George’s County, the PG Valor, has officially started what they hope will be a long, successful legacy as a member of the American Basketball Association [ABA]. And while they lost their first game to last year’s regional champion, the DMV Warriors, 125 – 188, Valor Owner LaDonna M. Smith said she’s proud of the team’s efforts, led by Head Coach Chuck Pickard and Assistant Coach Will Robinson.

The team prepares for their “home opener” on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7601 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt, MD at 8 p.m. Halftime features a performance by the County’s own 2 Determine Team. For more information visit www.pgvalor.com.

County Men Share Memories from Civil Rights Movement

A hearty group of 1960s civil rights activists gathered at the Publick Playhouse in Landover on Sunday, Oct. 30, including the Rev. Perry Smith, 82, pastor emeritus of the First Baptist Church of North Brentwood, who talked about the multiple times police arrested him during efforts to integrate Prince George’s County. Others, like former Maryland State Senator Tommie Broadwater, also shared their harrowing memories during a forum entitled “There was a Time . . . Black Men in Conversations.”

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History [ASALH], founded in 1915 by educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson, sponsored the event. Most speakers reflected on the past; others like Broadwater emphasized the collective political power of the Black community.

“Politics is about coalescing power – some politicians are looking good, talking good but know nothing. The election is coming up; make sure that you vote.” Former PG County Councilmember Dorothy Bailey, president of the Prince George’s County Truth Branch of ASALH, reminded participants, “Dr. Woodson said if we don’t share our history and our legacy, we’re prone to be a dying community.”

Each man emphasized his recollections from just a generation ago when then-segregated Prince George’s County was a less than friendly place for Blacks.

Annual Conference to Highlight District’s History

The 43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History, sponsored by The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 3 with an 8 p.m. lecture on Georgetown University and its legacy of slavery at the National Archives. Events continue through Sunday, Nov. 6.

Sessions will look at Black fraternal life, immigrant communities, journalism, gentrification, architecture and literature. There will also be a screening/discussion of the documentary “Southeast 67” on Friday, 6:30 – 8 p.m. with all sessions taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. Besides a Friday walking tour, “Race, Space and the Power of Place on Mt. Vernon,” two guided neighborhood tours have been scheduled to close out the conference on Sunday: Ivy City Photo Walking Tour and D.C. Murals Bus Tour.

Since its founding, The Historical Society has remained true to its mission of providing a friendly, rigorous forum for discussing and promoting original research in the history of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan area. Visit www.dchistory.org for more information.

Party Showcases D.C.’s Hand Dancing Tradition  

Enthusiasts and participants of the District’s homegrown form of “partying,” hand dancing, closed out the season with a celebration under the stars on Wednesday, Nov. 2 on Freedom Plaza in Northwest.

The event, sponsored by the Premier Community Development Corporation, addressed the continuing challenge that many of the District’s long-term residents, while being removed and displaced, as have their once-favorite pubs, restaurants, and clubs, face in securing places for hand dancing. The dance party on historic Freedom Plaza was initiated to call attention to the demise of clubs in the District that welcome and encourage hand dancing. Many Washingtonians may recall former hotspots like the Channel Inn and the Eclipse, both now closed, where hand dancing once reigned. The hand dancing tradition on Freedom Plaza will resume in May 2017.

About D. Kevin McNeir – Washington Informer Editor 159 Articles

Award-winning journalist, book editor, voice-over specialist and author with 17 years in the industry. Currently an education and religion beat reporter for The Washington Informer. But I also tackle local (D.C. and Maryland) politics, entertainment, business and health articles to maintain my edge.

Born and raised in Motown and a staunch Wolverine – that is a graduate of the University of Michigan, I left corporate America (IBM) to pursue my passion for writing, accepting a beat reporter’s gig under the tutelage of the late Sam Logan, founding publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. I continued to hone my craft at N’DIGO Magapaper, Windy City Times and The Wednesday Journal, all in Chicagoland; the Atlanta Voice and The Miami Times. I’ve been fortunate to be chosen twice as the Feature Writer of the Year by the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. Later, as the senior editor of one of the country’s oldest Black-owned newspapers, The Miami Times, I helped my staff bring home the NNPA’s highest honor – Publication of the Year, 2001. That same year I picked up first and second place awards for news and feature writing, respectively, also from the NNPA.

Today I’m based in the nation’s capital where I’m honored to serve as the editor for The Washington Informer. Recognizing the importance of education, I’ve earned two master’s degrees from Emory University, Summa Cum Laude and Princeton Theological Seminary, majoring in theology and philosophy.

If I can slow down, I may actually complete and publish a collection of essays I’ve been working on for many years, “Growing up Motown,” sharing childhood memories of experiences with musical legends like Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, the Four Tops, the Miracles, Gladys Knight and Take Six. My favorite foods: spinach, lasagna, pancakes and Oysters Rockefeller. My mom, 86, always my “best friend” and “cheerleader,” now lives with me and she brings me great joy. I’m a fiercely protective yet encouraging father and grandfather always down for traveling, shopping or celebrating the natural beauty of God’s world. I live by the following words: “Less is more” and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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