Members of the Langston Civic Association met Tuesday night to discuss a variety of upcoming events in our community.
Capt. Duncan Bedlion of MPD updated the community on recent crimes in the area and requested the association's support for an upcoming collaboration between DPW, DCRA and MPD to tackle vacant properties that have become haven's for drugs and other crime. The civic association's president, Sydelle Moore recently sponsored a community walk-through to identify these properties and other ongoing issues with Mayor Bowser's Office of Community Relations and members expressed approval that MPD would be making an effort to address these concerns.
Community members also heard presentations from Community Mediation DC, received an update on RFK redevelopment and talked over the details of several upcoming projects and events in our community with the Anacostia Watershed Society.
Our association will be partnering with the Anacostia Watershed Society to do several projects this year including:
Please keep an eye on our blog for additional details about these upcoming events.
Take a Look at Preliminary Sketches for Two Murals:
Please remember these drawing are not completed. They are just sketches.
The new owner of the Food 7 Store also attended the meeting to share his plans for addressing some of the longstanding issues at the store and reaffirm his commitment to abiding by the terms set in our settlement agreement. Community members thanked him and then continued the conversation by discussing ways that Sylvia's Liquor could improve safety near the store. Everyone has until the end of the week to submit suggestions for a possible settlement agreement with the store. Learn more about what types of suggestions can be made and how to make them by reading our previous post on this topic.
Mayor Bowser and Cm. McDuffie also sent representatives to offer updates on the budget and what their offices are doing to address violent crime. You can read about Cm. McDuffie's work on his website.
Video From Mayor Bowser's Office:
Come out this weekend to mark the anniversary of Langston Golf Course (2600 Benning Road NE) at the Langston Heritage Celebration. Langston Golf Course takes its name from John Mercer Langston, an African-American abolitionist, U.S. Representative from Virginia during Reconstruction, and the first dean of Howard University School of Law. The course was established in 1939, and at the time it was one of only two local courses where African-American golfers could play. GolfDC hosts the annual Langston Heritage Celebration to commemorate the rich history of African-American golf. It's a celebration of gratitude toward the course's community of nationwide supporters and a welcome to its future generation of golfers. The festivities will take place Saturday, June 9th from 12pm to 2pm.
This family friendly event is open to the public, and you can even ride the DC Streetcar to get there.
· Event exhibits and golf gifts (12–2pm)
· Free full swing lessons at the driving range (12–1pm)
· Free short game lessons at the practice green (1–2pm)
· Visit with Langston historians & take part in the Heritage Trivia Challenge (12–2pm)
· Free fresh popcorn and face painting compliments of DC Streetcar (12–2pm)
· Nature exhibit of park flora & fauna compliments of the National Park Service (12–2pm)
· Free golf giveaways every 15 minutes (12–2pm)
Special Offers (all day)
· Free frozen treat at the Langston Clubhouse Grille while supplies last (6am–7pm)
· Free range balls with 9H or 18H greens fee (6am–7pm)
· Discounted range balls -- small $2; med $4; large $8 (6am–7pm)
First of all, thanks to everyone who made this project a success. The Langston Civic Association partnered with The Mission Continues, BAE Systems Inc., Mayor Bowser's office, Cm. McDuffie's office as well as community volunteers to renovate the courtyard at Browne Education Campus.
More than 20 volunteers showed up in the rain to help pull weeds, build new picnic tables and organize the courtyard to give the children a beautiful outdoor space for studying. The garden now boasts more than 50 new plants including a vegetable and herb garden.
We will be hosting Part 2 of this service project at some point this summer. Due to the weather, we were unable to paint and would like to ask neighbors to keep an eye out for details about that fun, upcoming project.
Also, neighbors with herbs and vegetables to donate to the children's garden should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEFORE & AFTER
The Work We Do Matters
Even if you do not live in our community and would like to donate to the work that we are doing to help improve the lives of the people who live here, please donate. Community organizations like ours need your support.
The Langston Civic Association submitted the first application to ANC5D's grant program.
We are requesting funding in order to support the after school and summer programs for kids at the Patsy V. Hartsfield Center which has been offering out of school enrichment in our community for over a decade. This grant would specifically support the following activities:
The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.
2018 Emancipation Day
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
It’s that time of year again! Join Mayor Bowser at the 2018 DC Emancipation Day Parade and Concert on Saturday April 14, 2018 from 2:00PM to 8:00PM.
Please let me know if you can attend, so I can keep an eye out for you. I look forward to seeing you this Saturday!
For additional information, visit: emancipation.dc.gov or Eventbrite link: https://2018emancipationday.eventbrite.com