Black History Month Celebration to Focus on Holistic Health 

By Southwester Staff Since 1987, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) has hosted an annual Black History Month Celebration. This year, the SWNA History Task Force will partner with the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund for a Black History Celebration on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Carla […]

February Support Group Meeting to Focus on COVID-19, Mental Health During Pandemic

By Southwester Staff The Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF)  continues its 10th anniversary celebration with a February Support Group Meeting honoring Black History Month. Join the TDJBCF on Wednesday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. as we focus on breast cancer in men, COVID-19 and mental health during the pandemic. Guest speakers will include […]

Stirring Annual Black History Meeting

The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) held its annual Black History Month community meeting on Feb. 26 at Arena Stage. This year’s well-attended meeting featured a wonderful lineup of performers and speakers, touching on a variety of topics that highlighted the importance of Black History Month and the numerous contributions of African-American Southwesters in shaping our […]

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, […]