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By J. Smith
The best high school reunion ever went down in Washington, D.C. last week as 20 classmates from the country’s first black high school celebrated their 75th reunion. Graduates from Dunbar High School’s class of 1936 gathered in the nation’s capitol, not only to relive the good ol’ days, but to make sure there would be good days for the next generations to someday relive as well.
The annual event has morphed from just a gathering of friends and family to a fundraising event to help raise scholarship money for Dunbar students who will be going to college. They also, of course, celebrate the accomplishments of former classmates.
“Dunbar High School began back in 1870 in the basement of the 15th Street Presbyterian Church. The school employed black teachers during a time when most schools would not. ‘It was a very renowned high school because well-educated teachers,’ said Yvonne M. Simkins, a ’36 graduate. Historians say Dunbar students excelled due to the high standards set by principals and teachers. One of Dunbar’s earliest principals was the first black graduate of Harvard University,” The Root reports.
That’s pretty awesome. Much respect to them for keeping the history of the institution alive and for doing their part to make sure other students have the same opportunity to excel as they did.
Real Housewives of DC
Season 1, Finale
The most boring cast in the history of the “Real Housewives” franchise has taken a final bow. I’m not sure if they will be back for another season(I can’t imagine they would be), but lets hope Bravo finds a more entertaining use for that hour. Read the rest of this entry »
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(AP) — Voters in the nation’s capital have essentially fired mayor Adrien Fenty after one term. Some say Fenty, a backer of education reform, had become out of touch. Fenty lost the city’s Democratic primary to District of Columbia Council Chairman Vincent Gray, who runs unopposed in November.
(NBC Washington) – President Barack Obama wants federal workers to cut down on business travel and commuting by car as he seeks to reduce heat-trapping emissions produced by the federal government.The White House was announcing Tuesday that the government will aim to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from indirect sources like employee driving by 13 percent in 2020, compared with 2008 levels.
(BET.com) — The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced Tuesday it is devoting $75 million over the next five years to efforts aimed at undoing the effects of racial inequalities on children in poor communities across the nation. About $14.6 million will go to 119 communities in at least 20 states and the District of Columbia in the first year of funding for the foundation’s “America Healing” initiative.