Author Archives: Adrienne T. Washington

  • Sharing the Freedom Soapbox with D.C. Statehood

    When she was a couple of months shy of 16, Lea Adams ’s father, Joel, a rare African American who carried the rank of U.S. Army colonel, took her to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In 1988, as a single parent, she took her 11-year-old son, Joel II, to the 25th […]

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  • Two Black Fathers Making a Stand Against Violence

    From the statehouses of Florida and North Carolina to the highways, streets, drives, boulevards, ways, courts and other roadways named after Dr. Martin Luther King, this summer has witnessed a resurgence of African American protests and civic action. Sometimes it’s a group, like the ...

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  • Alexandria’s Mandela

    Whatever you do, “don’t even think about going down that road of comparing me to Nelson Mandela,” says a humble Ferdinand T. Day, a lifelong civil rights advocate, even if they are “men of a certain generation.” He actually chuckles at the very suggestion. Day ...

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  • Making Ends Meet on Minimum Wages

    Is it any wonder that hundreds of fast food workers across the country this week are walking out and striking at their jobs demanding to form a union and to have their wages increased to as much as $15 an hour? From California to New York their chant can be heard: “We can’t survive ...

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  • A Century of Service Amid a Sea of Red

    On a bright, blazing Sunday morning with the lush green hills, thatched roofs and red clay roads snaking through the Royal Ezulwini Valley of region of Swaziland like a picture perfect postcard, a delegation of Delta Sigma Theta sorority members and guests were immediately moved to dig in their ...

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  • When Truth Overshadows Polished Testimony

    Author James Baldwin said: “It is not the black child’s language that is in question, it is not their language that is despised. It is their experience.” This telling quotation about the racial divide in America is rotating around the cyberspace circuit in reaction to the ...

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  • Paula Deen’s Stew

    Here’s the dry rub about the whole celebrity cook Paula Deen BBQ: it’s really no great shock that a Low Country Southern woman of a certain age once used the “N-word,” or maybe still does privately on occasion. To keep it real, too many African Americans disparage their ...

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