In the District of Columbia we are proud to serve as the nation's
capital. When we walk around our city, history and memorials are
all around us. Unfortunately, many of the statues and memorials
around D.C. lack the beautiful gender and racial diversity of our
city and our country.
That is why I introduced the Charles Hamilton Houston and Other
Diverse Washingtonian Commemorative Works Act of 2017. The
District is the birth place to many unsung heroes who have played
significant roles in important District and national historical
events. This bill is designed to memorialize those trailblazers,
honor their legacy, and increase representation of native
Washingtonian women and people of color throughout the city. This
bill directs the Commemorative Works Commission, with community
input and Council approval, to select and build a minimum of
eight statues, one in each ward, that highlight native
Washingtonians who are women and people of color that have
significantly influenced the District's history.
Finally, the legislation directs the Commemorative Works
Commission to begin by erecting a statue of one of my heroes,
Charles Hamilton Houston. Houston is a native Washingtonian who
laid the legal foundation responsible for dismantling the American
system of segregation. Houston grew up in D.C., graduated from
historic Dunbar High School here in Ward 5, and served as Dean of
Howard University Law School before becoming special counsel for
the NAACP. Because of his premature death at age 54, he is less
well known than some of the students he taught such as Thurgood
Marshall, the first African-American United States Supreme Court
I hope you will join me and support this legislation.
news coverage of the Charles Hamilton Houston and Other Diverse
Washingtonian Commemorative Works Act of 2017:
Ceremonial resolutions are a way
to officially recognize contributions to the District of Columbia
by an individual or organization. I recently had the pleasure of
recognizing two Ward 5 residents who have contributed for decades
and continue to do so.
Childs 104th Birthday Recognition Resolution of 2017
Mary Childs recently celebrated
her 104th birthday! She has lived in the Edgewood neighborhood
since the 1940s. She is a graduate of Dunbar High School, and
worshipped and served at Mount Bethel Baptist Church.
Gibson Recognition Resolution of 2017
Bernard Gibson has made
contributions to District sports for over 70 years. He is a
resident of the Fort Lincoln community where he has led a senior
exercise program that makes significant impacts on the quality of
life of its participants, and was awarded the Presidential
Physical Fitness Award from President Barack Obama. Mr. Gibson
spent time professionally working at the Veterans Affairs Medical
Center helping veterans living with disabilities to participate
in the annual Golden Age Games, in which he has also competed and
won over 100 medals.
Williams Recognition Resolution of 2017
Courtney Williams was born and raised here in the District of
Columbia and is a graduate of Ballou High School. He spent his
professional career helping older adults as a City Planner for
the District of Columbia Office of Aging for 27 years and has
continued to make significant contributions even after retirement
as a volunteer for several organizations.
Kenyan in the
Department of Transportation Roundtable in Ward 5
Join Councilmember Kenyan
McDuffie and Councilmember Mary Cheh, Chair of the Council
Committee on Transportation and the Environment:
University of America, Pryzbyla Center 620
Michigan Ave NE
Ward 5 Day at
the National Building Museum
On Tuesday, August 8, Ward 5
residents are invited to visit the National Building Museum's
summer exhibit, Hive, with complimentary admission from 9-11am.
Story time and mobile library book check-out will be provided by
D.C. Public Library. Visit go.nbm.org/hive for more information.
Meeting Summer Recess Schedule
Community groups often go into
recess during the summer. Below is the recess schedule for Ward 5
community meetings. There are often last minute changes or
special meetings, so please check directly with the organization
to confirm the information below.