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
UPDATED: Video added March 28, 2018
This is not your last chance to speak up...
Thanks so much to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to attend the Langston Civic Association's community roundtable with Mayor Bowser. These meetings are only effective when neighbors show up and address the issues that are important to them and make it clear that we care.
Please know that this will not be the last of these conversations with the mayor or councilmember and that every single issue addressed will receive follow up from the mayor's staff as well as our civic association president, Sydelle Moore. If you have additional issues, questions or comments, please email us.
There is already a map of sidewalk and street repairs in the hands of our Mayor's Office of Community Relations as well as DDOT to address the specific concerns raised last night. MPD will also be attending the next Langston Civic Association meeting to continue to work on our concerns about recent shootings in the area. The Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement has also dispatched members of their response team to try and help with getting appropriate violence intervention staff to track down and mediate between the parties involved in recent shootings.
The civic association meetings are open to all and we look forward to continuing to work together to enhance civic pride, community engagement and safety. OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 AT 6 PM at 2109 Maryland Ave NE (rear entrance).
President, Langston Civic Association
Updated with video below on 1/26/2018 at 10:51 AM.
During a meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Board on January 25, members of the board postponed taking a final vote on the Proposed Kingman Park Historic District until at least March 22, 2018. Several members of the board expressed doubt that final action will be taken at the March meeting and have instructed the Office of Planning to continue working with the applicants on community outreach and education.
In front of a packed room, the board expressed reservations about community outreach and support. Board members also had questions about the boundaries proposed by the applicant and how they compare to newly released recommendations from the Historic Preservation Office (HPO). Several board members expressed a preference for the boundaries in the plan submitted by HPO while others await additional information.
Langston Civic Association president, Sydelle Moore testified before the panel about community concerns and fielded questions from board members about upcoming development in the area surrounding Hechinger Mall.
The meeting ran an additional 2 hours beyond the scheduled 12 PM end time to hear community comments and concerns most of which were against the proposal or requests for additional information.
A video of the hearing is now available: