Author Archives: George Barnette

  • Marion Barry– Still Beloved in Washington

    For much of his public life in the District of Columbia, Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry has been a polarizing figure in the city. As his career winds down, the group of people who supported Barry in his early days continues to support him now. A poll released in July by the Washington Post ...

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  • Successful QUEST Program Ends at Roosevelt

    On May 29, the last members of Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Quality Education in Science and Technology (QUEST) program received diplomas marking the end of one of Prince George’s County Public Schools’ most successful programs. The QUEST program was started as a way of ...

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  • Bill Tompkins Named to Take Black Press Helm

    Publishing veteran Bill Tompkins will get a crack at moving Black newspapers forward as he’s been named president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the umbrella organization for America’s Black newspapers. Tompkins has 19 years of experience with the ...

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  • School Board Cites Timeline to Replace Hite

    The Prince George’s County Board of Education will use a search firm to find a candidate to replace outgoing Prince George’s County Public Schools Superintendent William Hite, officials said. Hite indicated that he would stay on with the school system until Sept. 30 to ensure a ...

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  • Creekmur Named Prince George’s Health Officer

    The Prince George’s County Council confirmed Pamela Brown Creekmur as the new head of the of the Department of Health, despite questions about a registered nurse performing a job that has traditionally gone to a physician in the county. Creekmur, who said she has lived in the county for ...

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  • Greater Mt. Nebo’s Weaver Receives Honorary Doctorate

    The Rev. Jonathan L. Weaver, pastor of Greater Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Church in Bowie, was honored earlier this month with an honorary doctorate from Sojourner Douglass College in Baltimore. “This is truly an honor because pastor does a lot locally, nationally, and internationally,” said ...

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  • D.C. Wants to Showcase African Culture

    The city’s Caribbean festival may have left for Baltimore, but there is one group in D.C. that still gets to put its culture on display in a summer festival. The third annual D.C. Africa Festival will be held July 21 at Banneker Field in Northwest Washington. The idea is to introduce ...

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  • Hite to Head Philly Schools

    On June 28, Prince George’s County Superintendent William Hite attended the regularly scheduled meeting of the school board, making his report and fielding questions. Less than 24 hours later, he announced that he was leaving the school district to become the new chief administrator of ...

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  • Westphalia Project Ready for Contributors

    Contractors interested in being part of the Westphalia Project have their opportunity to learn more about the plan at a July 11 open house. The Westphalia Project will be a mixed-use development in Upper Marlboro on Westphalia Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. Mirinda Jackson, minority business ...

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  • HBCUs, Like Citizens, Have Recession Woes

    When the great recession hit in2008, no one was safe from the impact, from homeowners to local service providers. However, one set of institutions was overlooked: the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The 105 HBCUs found that they had to across the country ...

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