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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community Conference, Sat., Dec 9th – 9am – 4pm @ DC Prep [1409 V Street SE]

Jae Alan




Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community Conference


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM




HISTORIC ANCOSTIA, WASHINGTON, D.C.: In anticipation of the nationwide, year-long Bicentennial celebration of the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass in 2018 a FREE community conference has been organized in his former neighborhood of Old Anacostia.

Opening Remarks will be offered by United States Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D – District of Columbia), who sponsored legislation which created the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission and was recently appointed a member of the commission. Preceding Congresswoman Norton’s remarks will be an Invocation by Mr. Rev. Robert White, Sr. and a Supplication by Mr. Amir Muhammad of America’s Islamic Heritage Museum.

The day-long event will feature local Douglassonians and representatives from organizations including the Anacostia Community Museum, Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association, Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, National Park Service, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, United States Marshal Service, Washington Informer and more.

Panels will cover neighborhood memories of Cedar Hill, Frederick Douglass’ relationship with President Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass’ involvement with the DC Public School system, Frederick Douglass tenure as U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and his advocacy for District Suffrage.  

The community conference, organized by local journalist and historian John Muller, is an effort to recognize the diversity of Frederick Douglass’ life and times while a resident of Washington, D.C. and to recognize the important role residents of Historic Anacostia have historically filled as guardians of his legacy, home and neighborhood.

DC Prep’s Anacostia Elementary Campus (AEC) opened in 2015 in portable classrooms on W Street SE with preschool and pre-k and will “grow up” a grade each year through 3rd grade. The key ingredients of high-quality Early Childhood programs have been incorporated into DC Prep’s proven model, creating a coherent and exciting learning environment that lays the foundation for college preparation and success from the earliest years. DC Prep’s AEC moved into the former St. Teresa of Avila School, more recently the Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, at 1409 V Street SE in the fall of 2017. Vacant for a decade, DC Prep’s AEC opened in a historic schoolhouse more than 100 years old.

John Muller is the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (History Press, 2012) and a local reporter covering Ward 8. A former reporter for the Washington Times, Muller is a current contributor to Capital Community News, Greater Greater Washington and other local news publications. Muller has covered municipal and neighborhood politics in the Washington metropolitan area for the last decade. Muller is a resident of Old Anacostia.


Event is kid-friendly.

Free Lunch & Brunch provided by Claudie’s Soulful Eats, a local business.

On-street parking is available, as well as a parking lot on site.

Anacostia Metro Station (Green Line) is a 15 minute walk from DC Prep’s AEC.

Metrobus routes, B2, V2, A6, W4 and 90/92.

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The Few…The Proud… Jo Ann Block January 26 – March 3, 2018

Jae Alan



(Washington, DC) In what is sure to be a very current and conversation starting exhibition, mixed media artist Jo Ann Block brings The Few…The Proud… to the new Vivid Gallery. Block is known for investigating queer history, sexuality and identity, as they are inscribed within historical and contemporary culture.
The Few…The Proud… runs January 26 – March 3, 2018 in Vivid Gallery (2208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020). The opening reception will be held on January 26, 2018 from 6-9PM. Block will host an Artist Talk on February 10 from 2-4PM.Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturdayfrom 12-7PM and by appointment.
Her work has been exhibited at American University Museum (DC), Transformer Gallery (DC) Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (NY) Metrospace (MI), Baum Gallery of Fine Art (AK), Thompson Gallery (MA) and Ventura College Art Gallery (CA).  Block currently resides in Washington, DC. She moved to the area over five years ago from California. She received her B.F.A. from UCLA, and M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts and holds a fellowship with Touchstone Gallery (DC), as well as two summer residencies at SVA in NY.
About Vivid Gallery:
Vivid Gallery is an exhibition space that opened in 2010. Previously located inside the Anacostia Arts Center, Vivid Gallery relocated to 2208 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. and remains a project of ARCH, a nonprofit organization dedication to the revitalization of Historic Anacostia. Learn more at

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All The Way Live Tuesdays! featuring Allison Balanc January 30, 7-9PM FREE

Jae Alan



All The Way Live Tuesdays! featuring Allison Balanc
January 30, 7-9PM FREE

Hot off the heels of a hugely successful debut, Anacostia Arts Center proudly presents another FREE musical season. With a varied line up of hip-hop, R&B, funk, soul and more, this series exemplifies the vibrant creative economy of DMV talent. Featuring lyrically dynamic performances, and local artisan vendors.
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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Birthday Celebration February 17-18, FREE

Jae Alan



Celebrate the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth with the National Park Service and its community partners. There will be community lectures, dramatic performances, hands-on kids activities and musical performances. Programs and events are being held at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and the Anacostia Arts Center.

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