Author Archives: Jannette J. Witmyer

  • Nonagenarian Makes Her Vote CountTwice

    These are good days for Alice Bynum. At just a few years shy of 100, she feels well and has everything she needs by way of worldly goods. She has plenty of people she loves and plenty who love her. And, she lived long enough to see an African American inaugurated as president not once […]

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  • Penn Branch Sparkles After Makeover

    If you've passed the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues lately, then you've caught a glimpse of the new look that Pratt Library's Pennsylvania Avenue Branch 17 is sporting. The nearly two-story tall image on the front window of a young Black girl clad in a ...

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  • The Return of the Thunder Thigh Revue

    BALTIMORE, Md.–They're back! And, nearly 30 years later, Joyce J. Scott and Kay Lawal-Muhammad, the generously proportioned originators of the Thunder Thigh Revue, are proving that they've still got it. The self-proclaimed performing arts "fativists" originally conceived ...

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  • The Whipping Man

    While staged, almost in its entirety in one room of what is left of the war-ravaged DeLeon mansion, in Richmond, Va., “The Whipping Man” (now playing at Washington, DC's Theater J) carries its audience on a journey that navigates the complexities of war, race, religion, freedom, ...

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  • “Growing Up Afro: Snapshots of Black Childhood”

    For years, being recognized as an Afro Clean Block was one of the greatest honors that an African American neighborhood could achieve. Neighbors took the competition seriously. They could be seen, early in the morning, scrubbing steps, sweeping sidewalks and lining their blocks with ...

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  • The AFRO is Letting Our Archives Out of the Box

    As a result of a partnership between the Afro-American Newspapers Archives and Research Center, Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries Center for Educational Resources and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Africana Studies, members of the general public will ...

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  • Renown Singer to Cultivate ‘Voice’ in Middle Schoolers

    For the past 15 years, Lea Gilmore has been sharing her voice with the world as a gospel and blues singer, African-American music authority and civil and human rights lecturer, while balancing the duties of working mom, wife and civic activist. Now, fresh off a tour of concerts and lectures in ...

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  • Getting the Jump on Bullying

    When Howard University Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Nickelberry talks to youth about bullying, he can tell who is being bullied. Having been bullied throughout most of his public school education in Prince George's County, he recognizes their reaction to his very personal account of ...

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