SWNA Black History Program Features Ben Sands

Coolidge high school band director Ben Sands, who grew up in Near Southwest, will be among the guests of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s (SWNA’s) Black History program Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Arena Stage. Sands will be interviewed by Southwest resident Ian Callender, co-founder of Blind Whino Arts Club at Delaware Ave. and H St. SW. Slave […]

Community Rallies to Honor Black History

Amidon-Bowen Black History

Photo caption: Shakespeare Theatre actors Renea Brown as Queen Titania and Brent Stansell as King Oberon in a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photos courtesy of Martin Welles, Amidon-Bowen PTA President. The community united to honor black history at the Amidon-Bowen Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 25, 2016. Joined by American civil rights activist and freedom rider, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, nearly 200 guests wrapped arms and sang We Shall Overcome. The choir, led by Para Perry, also performed the Black National Anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing, If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus, and Keep […]

Black History Month: Black Figures in Southwest’s History

Martin Puryear Martin Puryear, sculptor, was featured in Time magazine’s July 9, 2001 issue in a series on “America’s Best” about prominent contemporary artists. Born in 1941, Puryear and his family lived primarily at Half & O Streets SW. He attended Syphax Elementary School in Southwest, eventually matriculating from The Catholic University of America in Washington, […]

SWNA Honors SW Community Builders for Black History Month

Dr. Beryl Carter Rice is a SW community builder who lives in a Tiber Island townhouse. She is an active artist, specializing in watercolors. She displayed her work with the Tiber Island art group. She was an active member of Councilmember Tommy Wells’ Anti-Crime Task Force, which sponsored “Groups then Hoops” for 60 young men ages 16-24. In 2006, she helped […]