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Letter from the Mayor

Jae Alan



Dear Washingtonians,

My Administration is committed to building a safer, stronger DC. During our first two years in office, total crime in the District fell by nine percent, and this year, violent crime is down 24 percent. While we celebrate this progress, we also recognize that there is more work to be done and that it will not all be accomplished solely through law enforcement.

Washington, DC has the most dedicated and talented police force in the country, and we continue to create new programs and initiatives that will help us recruit and retain high-quality officers to serve our community. But building a safer, stronger, and healthier city requires the entire community’s support.

This week, in addition to announcing new technology that residents can use to better help each other during cardiac emergencies, I was proud to celebrate the opening of our new Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement. Through this new office, we are taking a public health approach to violence prevention. By collaborating across multiple agencies, the Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement will remove barriers to opportunity, directly engage some of our hardest to reach and most at-risk residents, and de-escalate feuds before they turn violent.

By working together, we will continue connecting more Washingtonians to the services they need to thrive. Thank you for supporting this important work.


Muriel Bowser

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‘The Black Love Experience’ shines light on DC’s minority business owners

Jae Alan



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History & Culture

Lewis museum photo exhibit ‘Reflections’ looks into lives of prominent black Americans

Jae Alan



Given the barrage of criticism he faced, it seems natural that David Dinkins, the first black mayor of New York, would literally erect a barrier between himself and the visitor sitting on the opposite side of his desk.

The artist Terrence A. Reese shot a black-and-white photograph of Dinkins’ office that’s included in a fascinating exhibit that’s running for five more months at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.

“Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans” consists of 45 documentary-style images of the places where African-American groundbreakers lived and worked. As seen through Reese’s lens, the result is a series of incisive psychological portraits of such figures as the civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, legendary blues musician B.B. King, the media entrepreneur Cathy Hughes — and Dinkins.

“People know the public persona of famous individuals,” said Charles Bethea, the Lewis’ chief curator. “What TAR [Reese] was trying to do was to engage with them in a unique way, by photographing their environments. The things we collect, what we put on our walls and tables, make us who we are.”

If the desk projects an aura of defensiveness, perhaps that’s because Dinkins was New York’s mayor during the Crown Heights riot of 1991, which pitted the black population of Brooklyn against Orthodox Jews. Dinkins was pilloried for what was perceived as the city’s ineffective police response. He lost his re-election bid two years later, and the defeat was widely attributed to the uprising.

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The Birth of Steph Curry

Jae Alan



When a skinny guard with a magical shot led tiny Davidson College on an unforgettable NCAA tournament run, he altered his basketball trajectory—and the entire sport. Ten years later, Steph Curry and others reflect on the March that launched a legacy.

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