Author Archives: Special to the AFRO

  • At-Large Seat is Key to D.C. Council’s Racial Majority

    The winner of the non-Democratic at-large seat on the D.C. Council in the Nov. 4 general election will hold the key to the balance of the legislative body in terms of race but also political philosophy. There are two D.C. Council at-large seats up for grabs in the general election. D.C. Council ...

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  • Ferguson—It’s a Revolution!

    Chanting slogans, crying in despair, praying in anguish, running and screaming as sirens are blaring, tear gas drops clouding the air, and police yelling, pushing, handcuffing marchers. This is not a riot—but the start of a “Revolution”…and it’s about time. Shocking, isn’t it, to read someone ...

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  • Not So Far From Ferguson

    Over the last few weeks the country has had its eye on Ferguson, Missouri as a result of the shooting death of Michael Brown. The Alexandria NAACP offers our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Michael Brown.  The family has lost a young man due to gun violence, and we are ...

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  • Chuck Brown Memorial Park Unveiled

    (Updated 08/27/2014) Hundreds of fans of legendary musician Chuck Brown braved the rain Aug. 22 to witness the unveiling of the Chuck Brown Memorial Park in Northeast, D.C.  Designed by architect Michael Marshall, the park includes a circular plaza, interactive outdoor drums and chimes for ...

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  • Tyrone West’s Sister Still Fighting for Justice

    Last July, Tyrone West died while Baltimore City police were placing him under arrest. The officers involved in the incident were never charged. A joint investigation by the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Baltimore Police Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner concluded that ...

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  • D.C. Rally For Michael Brown Draws Several Hundreds

    “Chant down Babylon, grassroots is the bomb, we ready, we coming!” Jonathan Lykes, a coordinating council member with the Washington D.C. Black Youth Project, told hundreds of people gathered Aug. 14 at Meridian Hill Park. The phrase, coined by reggae artists, echoed throughout the crowd as a ...

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  • Bowser Garners Additional Support

    D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser’s campaign for District mayor is making strides in endorsements, fundraising, and organizational strength that is not being matched by her competitors. Bowser, who is the Democratic candidate for mayor and represents Ward 4 on the council, received the ...

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  • Christensen Set to be U.S. First Black Female Governor

    The United States has never had a Black female as the governor of a state-level jurisdiction but that could change in the November general election. U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Donna Christensen (D) is well on her way to becoming the governor of her territory. She and Basil Ottley Jr. won the ...

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