In the fall of 1989 as crack war violence turned dozens of DC neighborhoods into combat zones, Ruben Castaneda joined The Washington Post to work as a night police reporter. He raced to murder scenes and got to know street cops, detectives, gangsters, and hustlers. He also fed the pathology by buying large volumes of crack. During his first two years in DC, Ruben was an active crack addict who contributed to the pathology he was chronicling.
In honor of Black History Month, internationally noted lecturer, author and historian C.R. Gibbs will present "The Underground Railroad in the District of Columbia," a lecture in which he highlights the trapdoors, church basements, conductors and stations of the "Liberty Line" that ran through Washington, DC.
Join DC Public Library in welcoming critically acclaimed journalist, poet, and activist Kevin Powel as he talks about his 12th book. The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood is a poignant memoir that takes readers on the transformative journey from his turbulent, impoverished youth in Jersey City, NJ to the accomplished man his has become today.
Books will be available courtesy of Politics & Prose Bookstore. Mr. Powell will sign copies following his talk. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.
Wendy L. Pohlhaus, Executive Assistant for External Affairs at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, discusses the legacy of Dr. King and explains how the civil rights leader played an important role in her life and career.
Safe neighborhoods represent a major concern for District residents. Last year, there was a total of 105 killings in the city.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) District Crime Data at a Glance, 2015's homicide count stood at 124 as of October 19, 2015, with two months remaining in the calendar year.
What are the causes of violence in the District of Columbia? Has MPD initiated any new strategies aimed at reducing homicides?
Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster and the African-American Deaf Mission in Washington, DC
Dr. Isaac O. Agboola, Interim Dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, Gallaudet University
Judy C. Williams, Historian, Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
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