“Where Are They Now?”: A 1966 Study on Outcomes for Southwest’s Displaced Residents

Joseph Curtis took this photo in 1949 of a group of shops on 4th Street, SW, including the former site of Frank’s Department store, across the street from current-day Amidon-Bowen Elementary School.  The owner of Frank’s sued the government because it deemed the area “blighted” at the time this photo […]

Former SWNA Scholar Nick Moses: Educator and Leader

Nicholas (Nick) Moses. Courtesy of Nick Moses by John White  The Southwest Waterfront has birthed, educated and nurtured youths who overcame challenges to reach great heights. The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s (SWNA) Education and Scholarship Task Force (ESTF) has been a hub in our incubator, and 27 year old Nicholas (Nick) […]

Former SWNA Scholarship Winner Bianca Kersellius Channels Passion Into Small Business Success

Bianca Kersellius. Courtesy of Bianca Kersellius By Donna Purchase I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Bianca Kersellius, a previous scholarship winner of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s (SWNA) Education and Scholarship Task Force program. We wanted to know: where she is now?  One answer to that question is […]

Past SWNA Scholarship Winner Grace Mitchell-Jenkins Earns Sweet Success with Baking Business

Grace Mitchell-Jenkins. Courtesy of amazinggracecupcakery.org By David Alde & Donna Purchase In the summer of 2020, Southwest DC resident Grace Mitchell-Jenkins saw an ad in The Southwester highlighting the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Scholarship program and applied immediately. Today, Mitchell-Jenkins is featured in this month’s ad as a former winner, having […]

Where Are They Now: Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Scholarship Winner Kenneth Tinsley

By Vyllorya Evans, Co-Chair, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and Wilma Goldstein, member Education and Youth Task Force  At the Modern on M Apartments in Southwest DC, we recently had the chance to catch up with Kenneth Tinsley, a previous winner of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) Education and Youth Task Force […]