A WHITE SUPREMACIST ‘MESS’
I was hoping that with the outcome of the most recent national elections, that the paradigm of powerful white male politicians singling out Black women in civic life for public disrespect, condescension, and contempt, was behind us.
Not so. In his recent comments to the press and in recent legislation concerning the District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Commission, of which I am a member, Council of DC Chairman Phil Mendelson has fixated on my off-handed remarks during a private birthday roast for a fellow commissioner. I, quite accurately, called the arts commission “a mess.” As…
MY TERRIBLE TERRIFIC 2020
After a year of so much loss, I am thinking more and more about the short time we have on this earth, and the messages we are sending to the future.
This year I said goodbye to Allison Ranelle Brown, a pioneering education civil rights lawyer who has been my best friend since 1988. I posted a quick tribute to her on Facebook, but there will be many more celebrations of her life to come in 2021 from her wide circle of advocates and friends — the “A.B. Hive” as we call them.
Build Banneker in Shaw as a Living Monument to Black Excellence
May 10, 2019
From: John Settles Jr., Natalie Hopkinson, and Lee Granados
Parents, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
To: Members of the Washington, D.C. City Council
Re: Build Banneker — A Monument to Black Excellence
Dear D.C. Council Members,
We respectfully ask that you to vote Tuesday to fund Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to build Benjamin Banneker Academic High School at the site of the long-vacant Shaw Middle School.
As DC residents, we share the concerns raised by our neighbors in Shaw about the history of carnage against our…