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Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Honors Their Own During Women's History Month Observance

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, in observance of Women's History Month, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will honor three members who have made major national and international contributions in media, business, education and philanthropy.

Journalist Dorothy Butler Gilliam, business leader Marie Collins Johns and family and consumer science expert Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn will be awarded the Metropolitan Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement as we celebrate "WOMEN of CHARACTER, COURAGE and COMMITMENT" at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC 2005, just a few blocks from The White House.

Ms. Gilliam, a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists
was the first black woman to serve as a reporter for The Washington Post, a job she began in 1961. Gilliam later became an editor and columnist for The Post. Throughout her career Gilliam launched several programs, including the Young Journalists' Development Program at the Post, to encourage students to pursue a career in the media.

Mrs. Johns served as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration in the U. S. Department of Commerce from 2010 to 2014.Johns, a longtime leader in the telecommunications industry and former CEO of Verizon Washington, has served on several boards including Howard University and Girl Scouts USA.

Dr. Vaughn is chief of the Training and Cultural Transformation Division in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has served as the National President of The Links, Incorporated and board member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Vaughn currently serves on several boards including Habitat for Humanity International, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and The Black Women's Agenda.

The guest speaker is Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies, Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Whitehead's teaching and research focuses on the intersection of class, gender and race.

A reception for the honorees will be held immediately following the service at the National Education Association’s headquarters, which is directly across the street from the church.

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Posted: 03/17/14

KOVA Talent Audition

KOVA means, Keeping Our Voices Alive. We are a new talent and entertainment organization, searching for the best singers, dancers, poets, dramatist, musicians, and entertainers in the metropolitan area. If you have an amazing talent or think you have what it takes to be the next rising star, here's your opportunity to shine

You are invited to audition and participate in Season one of "So You Think You Can Perform," Talent Competition.

It's going to be an fantastic evening of entertainment and fun for "Grown Folks." If you are interested in participating as a performer or just want to relax and sit in the audience, we welcome you. Please see attached flyer for more details.

FYI, if you among the top three winners, you may want to retain your earnings, or donate all or part of it to your church or favorite charity. Regardless of the outcome, It is great competition, that makes you better!

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Posted: 03/17/14

Information related to the relocation of the National Archives for Black Women's History at Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.

The National Park Service (NPS) would like to share important information about the decision to relocate the National Archives for Black Women's History (NABWH) from the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House (MAMC) to the NPS-managed Museum Resource Center (MRCE). These resources are national treasures that tell the story of amazing women who changed history, including the members of the National Council of Negro Women, and civil rights leaders like Dr. Dorothy Height and Mary McLeod Bethune. There could be no better time to underscore the importance of the archives at MAMC than African American History month, and no better way to demonstrate the NPS's commitment to the preservation of these archives than our intent to remove them from harm's way.

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Posted: 03/10/14

Charles Young 150th Birthday Commemoration

Wilberforce, OH - Join the National Park Service (NPS), Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (CHYO), the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC), and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., among others, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Colonel Charles Young's birth at a Sesquicentennial Celebration, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, 1350 Brush Row Road, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384.

The first keynote speaker for this inaugural birthday celebration is Brian Shellum, a Senior Intelligence Analyst with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization of the U.S. Department of Defense. Shellum worked as a federal historian at the Defense Intelligence Agency for 12 years from 1994 to 2006. Prior to that he served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer and West European foreign area specialist before retiring in 1994. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MS degree from Campbell University, and studied at the University of Bonn. He published a book on Charles Young, Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point, in 2006. His second book on Young, Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young, was released by the University of Nebraska Press in 2010.

This special event will also feature remarks and presentations from NPS/CHYO officials, NAAMCC & Omega Psi Phi Fraternity representatives, local dignitaries, and musical selections by an invited guest, the Wilberforce University Gospel Choir.The ceremony will conclude with an open house reception at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center where a number of materials from the various Colonel Charles Young collections will be on display.

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Posted: 03/07/14

NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expressions: Sacred Systems in the Nexus between Cultural Studies, Religion and Philosophy is a three-week summer institute, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to give college and university teachers and independent scholars the opportunity to engage in discussions related to the black aesthetic, while they seek ways to broaden and revive interest in this area of scholarship for future research and intellectual inquiry.

The three-week institute will be hosted on the Emory University campus in the summer of 2014. In addition, during the spring in 2014, and in an effort to understand the multiple meanings associated with black art, its production, and its ongoing relevance as a medium of liberation, the summer institute faculty will build the needed bridges across the city of Atlanta, which can only strengthen our position as a forward-thinking community.

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Posted: 03/06/14

Congressional Caucus Formed to Benefit Sickle Cell Disease

Baltimore, MD - The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) announces the formation of the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Congressional Caucus. This legislative milestone is designed to focus on increasing support for the largely under-funded disease. Led by Representatives, Charles Rangel (D-NY), Danny Davis (D-IL), and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), the Caucus will work toward bringing public and congressional awareness to the unique needs of the Sickle Cell Disease community – patients, physicians, scientists and industry, and to develop opportunities to address barriers in access to and development of crucial treatments.

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Posted: 03/06/14

Amtrak Celebrates Black History Month

WASHINGTON - Amtrak is honoring Black History Month with a wide range of events from award ceremonies and exhibitions to highlight the contributions of African-Americans to history and culture.

Some of the events and ceremonies include:

  • Washington Wizards Partnership: Amtrak Pioneer Award during the game on Feb. 25
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia: Partner sponsor of the Museum
  • Newark Museum: Sponsor for the museum's month activities
  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Amtrak is a proud sponsor of the Black History Month events
  • Baltimore Penn Station: Amtrak station involved with a Black History Month exhibit
  • Seattle: Amtrak is a sponsor of a high school basketball event.

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Posted: 02/21/14

Call for Papers & Presentations - 5th Annual Symposium on Reconciliation in America: Education for Reconciliation

The John Hope Franklin Center seeks to transform society's divisions into social harmony through the serious study and work of reconciliation. Consistent with that mission, the symposium encourages attention to historic events around which education for reconciliation is needed and insights into “best practices” that foster hope and healing.

Please send your Symposium session proposal as an e-mail attachment by February 15, 2014, to Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne , Executive Director, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Inc.

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Posted: 02/13/14

Champion of African American History: Carter G. Woodson

In the fall of 1870, a handful of students made their way through the northwest quadrant of the nation's capital, and through the doors of D.C.'s "Preparatory High School for Colored Youth," the country's first public high school for African American children. There, in the shadow of the American Civil War, and dawned with the spark of reconstruction, a converted basement-turned-classroom in the lower floor of Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church bore the seeds of Dunbar High School, which would become one of the country's preeminent institutions for African American educational achievement. The students and teachers who graced its hallways would be heard through the years in the halls of Congress, in the highest ranks of the U.S. military, at the heart of our civil rights movement, and in the upper echelons of medical and scientific study.

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Posted: 02/11/14

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site: We're Moving

Beginning February 18, 2014, the National Park Service will be relocating the National Archives for Black Women's History holdings and collections presently housed at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS (1318 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005), to the National Park Service–National Capital Region, Museum Resource Center (3300 Hubbard Road, Landover, Maryland 20785).

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Posted: 02/11/14

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference - Call for Papers

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference announces its Call for Proposals for workshops at the next conference to be held in Cambridge, Maryland, at the Cambridge branch of Chesapeake College, June 13-14, 2014. Guidelines for submitting workshop proposals are attached, and can also be viewed at our website by clicking here. In addition, the guidelines can be downloaded from our website.

Our conferences have been enjoyed for their wide range and variety of workshop topics, and we encourage proposals on a whole host of interests and areas of research. You can view on our website a list of topics presented at past conferences. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

This year we plan to focus part of the conference on the Maritime story of the history of the Underground Railroad, and we welcome workshop proposals from presenters with an interest in this area of history. But again, we welcome a wide range of workshop topics which enrich the conference experience.

Posted: 02/05/14