Scholarship Celebration Honors Southwest Students and Supporters Paying It Forward

Courtesy of SWNA ESTF. By Paula Young Shelton For the past 50 years, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) has supported students in our community by providing scholarships to college and graduate school. On Sunday, August 6, donors, supporters and recipients past and present gathered at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church to […]

Young Readers Book Review: Black Was The Ink

By Paula Young Shelton This historical fiction young adult novel takes the reader on an adventure through time and America’s political history. Centered on a young African American teen from Washington, DC, Black Was The Ink leads Malcolm on an exploration of himself, his family, and the forgotten history of […]

DC STORM Visits Hampton Roads for Educational, College Tour 

Jefferson Middle School students read about the Emancipation Oak Tree on the campus of Hampton University while on a DC STORM college tour. Courtesy of the Author By Jay Shorter On the weekend of June 23, the non-profit organization DC STORM, Inc (Students Taught Organization and Respect through Mentoring) took […]

Amidon-Bowen Bids Farewell to Coach Frank Briscoe – a True Advocate for the Youth

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen addresses the crowd at a ceremony for retiring Amidon-Bowen Elementary School Coach Frank Briscoe. Courtesy of Hugh Ho By Matt Koehler  Smokey Robinson’s falsetto flooded the gymnasium of Amidon-Bowen Elementary School on a balmy early June afternoon. The school year was coming to a close – […]