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Mandela Fellowship Forum Stresses Youth, Independence

Jae Alan



For a third year, The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), has successfully immersed a group of African scholars into six weeks of interdisciplinary academic coursework, cultural and civic engagement and service learning.

In honor of the completion of the program, fellows and guests gathered at the Howard University School of Social Work to host a forum titled “Africa, My Perspective,” with a purpose of demystifying stereotypes and providing solutions to promote African progress.

“Children of Africa, you have been privileged beyond measure,” said Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union ambassador to the United States. “You owe it to go back home and share with those who have not been as fortunate as you have been. And remind them that in any use that you are going to be faced with as an African, refuse to be used to play other people’s dirty work. You’re smart enough. Take your time and understand the issues. Africa can no longer continue to be other people’s playground. We need African solutions to African problems.”

The opening remarks set the tone for a thought-provoking panel discussion focused on building Africa through entrepreneurship and technology while navigating through existing policy paradox.

“Africa is faced with quite a number of challenges, but it all starts with a realization that we, Africans, can do something for ourselves,” said fellow Angela Ameso of Uganda. “We do not always have to sit back and wait for the Western world to give us donor help, to give us support.”

The importance of self-reliance echoed throughout the panel discussion. Many of the fellows agreed that in order for Africa to progress, its people must seek “African solutions to African problems.”

Read more @ The Washington Informer



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

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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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