Gray Selects Celebrated Ward 8 Resident to Lead Youth
(Washington Informer) — The mayor of the District of Columbia has selected his first Ward 8 resident to lead a city agency, amid concerns that he has ignored the residents east of the Anacostia River when selecting his appointees. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced on Fri., Feb. 4 at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest that Cedric Jennings of Ward 8 in Southeast will join his administration as the leader of the mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Jennings, 33, served as the leader of the D.C. Council’s Office of Youth Programs when Gray was chairman of the Council and he will assume similar responsibilities in his new position. “This brilliant young man is one of our own — a graduate of Ballou High School — and has dedicated nearly his entire career to helping youth of his hometown as a social worker with the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency and with the Progressive Life Center,” Gray, 68, said. Gray pointed out that Jennings is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, R. I., Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Jennings’ journey from the streets of Southeast to Ivy League institutions became the subject of a national best-seller, “A Hope in the Unseen”, published by Broadway Books in 1998 by noted author Ron Suskind.