DC Names New Director Of African American Affairs, Rahman Branch

February 8, 2015  |  
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Democratic Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has selected former high school principal Rahman Branch as the city’s first director of African American affairs. The city may no longer be majority African American, but the District has named a full-time government advocate for Black citizens.  The city’s Black population is at 49.5 percent, according to census demographic data.“We see income gaps growing, we’re not satisfied with how fast we’re closing educational gaps, and we know that we have to invest in good jobs and affordable housing,” said Bowser. She is the latest  in a succession of black mayors dating to 1967.

“There’s a need for this kind of office because the growth of D.C. and the expansion of D.C. and making sure every resident of D.C. plays a part in that is really what the community has requested,” said Branch.

More than three years have passed since the D.C. Council created an unpaid Commission on African-American Affairs to “assist the Mayor in planning policies beneficial to African American communities with low economic, education, or health indicators.” Branch will be its first full-time director.

“The Commission on African-American Affairs, meanwhile, is gathering data on the exodus of the city’s black residents and businesses, and analyzing the disparities affecting those who remain,” reports The Washington Post.

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