Virginia, New Jersey Approve Pepco, Exelon Merger

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the merger between energy powerhouses Pepco Holdings Inc. and Exelon Corporation. The companies are still...

Another Chance at Success

The Capitol Guardian Youth Challenge Academy, sponsored by the D.C. National Guard, one of 34 nationwide, has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost efficient programs for at-risk young people. “The...

District Leaders Discuss How to Improve D.C. Public Schools

The District of Columbia Public Schools has failed its students and it’s time for officials to acknowledge that, Councilwoman Mary Cheh said at a Feb. 8 hearing in which she and other councilmembers responded...

Lt. Gen. Ferrell Promoted to Chief Information Officer

WASHINGTON - Robert S. Ferrell was promoted to lieutenant general on Jan. 24 by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. Ferrell, the Army's new Chief Information Officer/G-6 and the first African-American to hold...

Following Allegations of Fraud at Duke Ellington, Parents File Lawsuit

By Hamzat Sani, James Wright and Lenore Adkins, Special to the AFRO On May 23 Duke Ellington School of the Arts parents held a press conference laying out their grievances, frustrations and the details of a...

D.C. Honor Student Wins Scholarship

Alassane Traore, a senior at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C., has won a four –year scholarship, one of dozens of local students whose academic achievement and citizenship are being celebrated as they head...

Anacostia Community Museum’s Annual MLK Program Features News Analyst Juan Williams

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum will present Juan Williams, FOX news political analyst and “Fox News Sunday” panelist, as the featured speaker for the museum’s 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. program on Jan....

D.C. Mayor Gray Launches Campaign to Move Homeless Families into Permanent Housing

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on April 17 kicked off a new campaign aimed at moving homeless families from the city’s shelter into permanent residences of their own. The “500 Families. 100 Days. Quality DC...

D.C. Dems Seek Poverty Solutions

On June 17, the Ward 8 Democrats hosted a panel discussion titled: Concentrated Poverty: Understanding the Effects on Neighborhoods. Participants included Stan Jackson, president of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation; Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood...

Peggy Cooper Cafritz: In My Shoes

By Nyame-kye Kondo, Special to the AFRO The late Peggy Cooper Cafritz was an artistic visionary, creator and influencer of dynamic proportions. Co-founder of the celebrated Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., Cafritz,...

AFRO Journalist George Wilson Remembered as ‘Black America’s Voice on Capitol Hill’

George Wilson, a veteran journalist and broadcaster whose reports were heard on radio outlets across the country for decades is being remembered as a powerful voice with a witty intellect. Wilson, who became "Black...

Butterfield Elected New CBC Chair

The members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently voted a former North Carolina jurist as its leader for the 114th Congress. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) was voted to lead the Congressional Black Caucus on...
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