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Thursday, September 10; 6-8:30 PM
On the grounds of the Alexander Crummell School
1900 Gallaudet Street, NE
this is an outdoor event; rain date Saturday, September 12
Rev. Alexander Crummell was a leading abolitionist, Pan-African nationalist and champion for Black Lives in his time.
Please join us for a simple celebration of this great man, and of the Alexander Crummell School, a historic landmark and his only known memorial.
Dr. Greg Carr, Chair of the African American Studies Department at Howard University, will speak to the present day relevance of Crummell. An excerpt from Crummell's work "The Race Problem in America” will be presented by actor Ronald Smokey Stevens.
In addition, Crummell School alumni and Ivy City residents will present a vision for the future of the Crummell School.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP.
Sponsored by Friends of Crummell School, Empower DC, DC Preservation League, dog & pony dc and ANC 5D01.
Empower DC hosts a one-hour radio show on WPFW 89.3, Taking Action, every Tuesday at 1:00 pm to talk about critical issues facing DC's low-income communities of color. We bring in DC residents -- the real experts -- to talk about the challenges our communities face and solutions designed to uplift our people. If you have a suggestion for a show, a question, or
August 25, 2015: Elaine Carter – known to many as Ms. E – is a long-time Ward 8 community activist and a native Washingtonian who has led numerous fights to preserve affordable housing across the city. She is in studio today with both Schyla Pondexter-Moore and Daniel del Pielago. They talk about her life and how it is connected to the history of DC, and her take on the changes that are happening to DC.
The Washington Post, July 31, 2015
By Perry Stein
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has signaled to Ivy City residents that their small, 1.7-square-mile neighborhood near the Maryland border is not the city’s “dumping ground.”
The mayor announced at a community meeting that the city won’t allow the area’s historic and long-shuttered Alexander Crummell School to be used as an overflow parking lot for private buses serving Union Station. The decision is a victory for residents who long have fought the city for using their largely poor, black and industrial neighborhood as a home for less-desirable city needs.
The Washington Informer, July 28, 2015By WI Web Staff
In the wake of plans recently announced by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to privatize the Alexander Crummell School in Northeast, residents in the Ivy City community are pushing back against gentrification efforts, demanding instead the old school building be used for recreation and workforce development.
In addition to defying development projects such as liquor distilleries and loft apartments already underway in Ivy City, residents have also staunchly opposed former Mayor Vincent Gray's proposal to allow an overflow of tour buses to park at Crummell, contending the buses hamper the community's air quality.
Empower DC needs your help. Are you passionate about Organizing Community Power? Do you support our work and want to help grow, sustain, and steward the organization? If so, please nominate yourself or someone you know for Empower DC's Board of Directors. Nomination form available as a PDF or a Google form.
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The Zoning Commission has announced that it will hear the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association’s motion to reconsider on Monday, June 29. We’ll mobilize a few members of Barry Farm to be there. You are welcome to join us, but please know that we are last on a very long agenda and no testimony will be given.
Monday, June 29, 2015
441 4th Street, NW
Bring ID to enter
Read more about BFTAA’s motion to reconsider the Zoning Commission’s prior approval of the developer’s PUD by clicking on the "read more" link below.
Empower DC works to preserve and protect affordable housing, ensure the creation of more affordable housing, and heighten tenants’ knowledge of their housing rights. We do this through developing the leadership and collective power of tenants directly impacted by the need for affordable housing
In 2012, our focus is working with residents of Public Housing to ensure they are informed about their rights and are able to collectively...
Empower DC’s Public Education Campaign is campaign is building an organized and empowered group of parents and community members concerned about DC Public Schools, who through collective action are becoming a political force and holding officials accountable to their needs. The campaign is currently focused on informing the public about potential school closures and organizing residents to demand investment in, not closure of, DC Public Schools...
Empower DC is assisting the historic Ivy City community with re-establishing a strong and sustainable Civic Association, and developing neighborhood leadership and strategic campaigns around several issues including the restoration of the Alexander Crummell School for use as a workforce development and community center..