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Kenneth McClenton (center) and Francine Milton present Kymone Freeman with two of Charnice Milton’s favorite books for the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore housed in the We Act Radio building in southeast D.C. on May 17

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Charnice Milton was a bookworm, her father said.

She read incessantly, educating herself not only to become an outstanding journalist, but a civic-minded individual who enjoyed life, he said.

Now, thanks to her father, Kenneth McClenton, officials at We Act Radio and others, the new Charnice A. Milton Community Bookstore has started accepting book donations. On Saturday, May 27, a kickoff event is planned in honor of the slain journalist who died after being shot two years ago as she waited for a bus in Southeast.

“My daughter would be absolutely astonished, thankful and gratified to know that there’s a bookstore named in her honor,” McClenton said as he prepared to attend a news conference to announce the new bookstore. “She spent much of her life reading in book stores and libraries. She had great passion for reading so she would love for individuals to be able to share her great love and great gift.”

Read more @  The Washington Informer

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“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

16th & W STREET SE [2200 16th Street SE] 

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HISTORIC ANCOSTIA, WASHINGTON, D.C.: During the week leading to the birthday celebration muralist Rebeka Ryvola has been working with community members to install a new mural honoring Frederick Douglass and his friends at the newly renovated corner store at 16th and W Street SE, down the street from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Ephrame Kassaye, the new owner of the corner store, has supported an effort to create an honorific and community-based mural on the 16th Street SE side of his building, similar to the mural of the 1963 March on Washington on the side of a building he owns at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Mellon Street in Congress Heights.

The mural, “Spread Southside Love,” re-creates an imaginary Sunday literary salon on the back lawn of Cedar Hill. Captured in the public artwork is the historic home, Anacostia River, DC Capitol and Washington Monument in the background.

Douglass is joined by friends and contemporaries, including radical abolitionist John Brown, activist lawyer and the first black graduate of Harvard Richard Greener, journalist and Civil Rights leader and suffragette Ida Wells, first African American to serve a full-term in the United States Senate Blanche K. Bruce, abolitionist and Douglass mentor Wendell Phillips, and groundbreaking journalist Grace Greenwood, seen playing baseball with a number of modern day neighborhood children. A young person serenades the gathering with the violin.

Ryvola, who has worked with the Anacostia Watershed Society, will finish the mural installation on Saturday, February 17.

For more information on the mural visit http://rebekaryvola.com/#/frederick-douglass-mural-commission/

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Black Bookstore Opens in Southeast DC ‘Book Desert’

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Anacostia Community Museum Receives $49,616 Award From the National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant Program

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The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum has announced that it received an award of $49,616 from the National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant Program. These funds will support the upcoming exhibition “A Right to the City” presented as part of the museum’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration that began Sept. 15, 2017.

The outcome of a three-year research effort, “A Right to the City” will explore the history of neighborhood change and activism in the nation’s capital and will be on view April 21, 2018, through April 20, 2020. It focuses on diverse Washington, D.C. neighborhoods affected by the “return to the city” movement taking place in urban centers nationwide and tells the story of ordinary citizens who have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways.

“‘A Right to the City’ is a timely representation of just how important a sense of community and home—a sense of place—are to people’s everyday lives,” said Lori D. Yarrish, the museum’s director. “The goals of the African American Civil Rights Grant Program align perfectly with ours in establishing the importance of site-based research and documentation in shaping the future. We appreciate NPS’ support in helping us to tell these stories.”

The National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant Program was established in 2016 to preserve and highlight the sites and stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century. The grants, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, provide funding to states, tribes, local governments and non-profit organizations to support a broad range of planning, development and research projects for historic sites associated with African American civil rights in the 20th century.

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