Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Thurgood Marshall Academy Celebrates “Nawlins’ Style”

Contact: Giselle Pole

Media Advisory for February 1, 2014, 11:00 am
Thurgood Marshall Academy Celebrates “Nawlins’ Style” with Black history Month event; Dupont Brass Leads Procession along MLK, Jr. Ave SE
WhatCelebrating Our Roots is Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA)’s annual Black History Month Program showcasing a unique aspect of African and African-American culture through visual and performing art. This free event aims to educate TMA students and the local community using art, music, dance and spoken word in an exciting and interactive cultural format. This year celebrates the origins of the rich history and cultural influences of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Who: DuPont Brass Band, Janice the Griot, StarMakers Academy of Dance, and visual art students and Band members of Thurgood Marshall Academy.

When: Saturday, February 1st 11 a.m.

Where: Thurgood Marshall Academy, 2427 MLK, Jr. Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20020

Best Visual: Mardi-Gras style processional along MLK, Jr. Avenue with popular local band DuPont Brass leading the parade.


Thurgood Marshall Academy is a public charter high school in Anacostia serving 400 students grades 9-12. As the highest-performing open-enrollment school in the district, TMA’s mission is to prepare students to succeed in college and to actively participate in our democratic society.
Connect with us:, facebook/thurgoodmarshallacademy, @TMAtalks

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


You see, it is not all about Anacostia. Congress Heights is also on the Rise!

The DC Office of Planning (OP) in partnership with the Congress Heights Vibrant Retail Street project team,  invite you to participate in ‘Reimagine MLK,’ a temporary urbanism event on. This pop-up event on the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE will activate the sidewalk with cafĂ© furniture, planters and lighting, providing a ‘3D’ example of its potential to become a more vibrant commercial district. The afternoon will also include refreshments, entertainment and retail survey games. Please come and invite friends and family to enjoy this unique experience and opportunity to be a part of Congress Heights’ future! This event is part of the DC Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit initiative (see below).  For more information, please contact Chelsea Liedstrand or Evelyn Kasongo with the DC Office of Planning at 202 442 7600.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Application Denied!

Art of War Concept: What is essential in war is victory, not prolonged operations

Here is some GOOD NEWS to begin the New Year.

Back in September, I notified the community that a local convenience store on Good Hope Rd was in the process of applying for a "Class A" liquor license. Of course, the community was opposed to the application due to there already being two existing liquor stores on Good Hope Rd AND this would make the second located within 500 feet of Ketcham Elementary School. Anyone in their right mind knows this would be a bad idea!

Thanks to letters written by residents in addition to the hard work by Advisory Neighborhood
Commission 8A, Ketcham Elementary School Administration and the 7D Police Department, the applicant decided to withdrawal their application. They knew due to the overwhelming community response they were going to lose!

A special thanks to many of the ANC 8A Commissioners for attending four hearings held during the work day to protest the license. I certainly hope the recent legislation introduced by Councilmember Marion Barry to place a moratorium on "Class A & B" liquor licenses in Ward 8 will prevent any of this madness from happening in the future.

The work of ANC is never done...on to the next challenge!