In the run-up to the third anniversary of the unsolved homicide of local newspaper reporter Charnice Milton, our Ward 8 community once again grieves with families who have lost family members to violence. Through the Unsolved Homicide and Missing Persons Panel Display and the Open Heart / Closed Case initiative to post public service announcements (PSAs) on public access channels to bring closure and resolution to these cases, ACC remains committed to work within the community to build on our untapped strength from within.
Now, more than ever, in an age of increasing social uncertainties, it is time for us to "get right" with ourselves, to assist ourselves so that we can assist others to make DC the kind of place we know it can be especially for those who have weathered many storms. For this, and so much more, we will need all our strength, and there are no lives we can afford to lose or waste in the ongoing effort to make our community whole for the difficult and hopeful journeys that still lie ahead.
The most recent NBC4 news report shows the effect on our community when silence in the face of violence threatens to sap our precious community strength.
From: Check It Enterprises
Date: April 30, 2018 at 8:35:21 PM EDT
Subject: Beautiful Things Going With Our Youth In Historic Anacostia
Bridging People Together Through Peace, Love & Arts!! JOIN US
What A Great Week @Check It Enterprises
Click Here To See Cynthia Model In Our Secret Garden
Model Cynthia Bailey from Atlanta Housewives Visits Check It Enterprises to give advice, support and film a segment of DC Styles with Entertain DC.
She is awesome and showed us so much LOVE!!!
CHECK IT Enterprises is awarded a Distinguished Service Award at GLAA's 47th Anniversary Awards Dinner on April 26, 2018.
Special thanks to Rick Rosendall and GLAA for making Check It Enterprises one of its 47th Anniversary Awards Dinner Awardees along with Whitman Walker, Don Blanchon and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh. It really made our week!!
A+ Honor Roll B'Day Party
Youth from Congress Heights and many communities celebrated A+ honor roll students Sweet 16
B-Day Party With Us At Check It Enterprises and her parents and community were awesome and shows what love and structure can do!!
It's Often A Hard Thing To Do, But We Must Stay At It!!
NYC Student Viewing of film "Check It" and discussion
Students from NYC's Union College who all Watched the "Check It Film" visited our building & had a great discussion in our secret garden regarding institutionalized racism, unity and the importance in helping people of color do for Self, which is what we are all about. We believe, if nobody else helps us, we just want the opportunity to help ourselves and the forgotten as we know that feeling all to well!!
Our stage is named after a Anacostia legend by the name of Mama Coles who had a restaurant right here in Historic Anacostia!!
A year ago today, Mayor Muriel Bowser christened the new "Spirit of Washington" at the DC Southwest Waterfront.
Mayor Muriel Bowser christens the new Spirit of Washington on March 28, 2017.
Photo courtesy of Odyssey & Spirit Cruises.
Today, ACC signed a contract for the ACC 2018 Annual Boat Ride. This relationship with Odyssey & Spirit Cruises promises to be a new experience:
New vessel, new all-can-eat buffet menu, enhanced experience, more amenities, embarking at DC's Southwest Waterfront with shuttle service from the Southwest Metro, same low price!
We can now announce that ACC's 2018 Annual Boat Ride, featuring the same networking, entertainment, and celebration of our cherished local waterway, the Anacostia River in the Year of the Anacostia, is under new management. Please save the date of Saturday, October 6, 2018 for the boat ride, boarding at 10:30 a.m. with the cruise portion launching at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tickets sell fast, so make your reservation at the same old price of $100, with checks payable to the Anacostia Coordinating Council, 2401 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020. (right now we are confining ticket sales to those made by check). Your contribution is partially tax-deductible and helps us fund our information sharing, gathering, and, most importantly, collaboration on projects and initiatives with you, our member individuals and organizations to strengthen our roots and connection with the community from the ground up. See you on the River!
On March 1, 2018, ACC's Executive Director Philip Pannell appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show along with Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, speaking about the legacy of DC's "Mayor for Life", Marion S. Barry, Jr., in light of the unveiling of the 8-foot bronze statue of its dedicatee on Pennsylvania Avenue NW at a corner of the Wilson Building.
March 3, 2018 Mayor Marion Barry Statue Unveiling. Photo: Courtesy of DC Executive Office of the Mayor event photo set.
Dear ACC Members and Supporters,
It is with deep sadness and profound regret that ACC must announce the loss of our dear friend, patron of arts, and inspirational muse to thousands of students and artists of the District of Columbia and elsewhere, Peggy Cooper Cafritz.
As ACC has been announcing, with great anticipation, her graceful presence at our upcoming monthly meeting to promote her new book, we now find it difficult to contain our emotion to the news. The book, "Fired Up! Ready to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art. The Collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz", is scheduled for official release on February 20th. Indeed, the upcoming ACC meeting was scheduled to be her first book talk before she launched her national tour.
An obituary for Ms. Cooper Cafritz can be found at the following link on the Washington Post website.
Although the content of ACC's meeting will obviously be altered in light of the present circumstances, we hope, if it should not offend, that for the very short term, until our prayers for her spirit on her journey home and for her family have come to quiet resolution, and when we have consulted with her loved ones, and resolve to offer our participation in a fitting remembrance and tribute to a remarkable woman, that we may linger with her spirit a little longer and leave unaltered the announcement you see below.
As long as there is a creative spirit to be encouraged and nurtured, we are certain that there will her spirit be as well.
Peggy, we will miss you!
From all of us at the Anacostia Coordinating Council
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
We at ACC beg your pardon as we present, as yet unaltered but with the deepest respect, the following meeting notice of our monthly meeting, in light of the passing of our dear friend, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, who was to attend.
Anacostia Coordinating Council February 2018 Monthly Meeting
Presented by Anacostia Coordinating Council and Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020
11:45 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
The ACC February 27th meeting speaker will be ACC member and estimed co-founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, discussing her new book, "Fired Up! Ready to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art. The Collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz", that will be released on February 20th.
After its release, the book will cost $75 but if it is pre-ordered the cost is less. "Fired Up! Ready to Go!" is available at area booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others.
Peggy is one of the nation's foremost collectors of African American art. When her house burned down in 2009, it resulted in a devastating loss of art in that genre, but the collection had been briefly featured in the article "Art House: Supporting Talented Young Artists of Color by Cathleen Medwick".
Lunch is provided. You are encouraged to bring your colleagues and consider making a donation to the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) and/or becoming an ACC member for only $25 a year.
Click the picture below for a copy of the event flier.
Keep abreast of all events, exhibitions and programs at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum website at http://www.anacostia.si.edu.
The Southeast (SE) Tarheels Youth Sports Association is a sports based youth development program located in the Ward 8 area of Washington, DC.
The Junior Midget team (pictured above) had a spectacular 2016 football season. They ended the regular season undeafeated 7-0 while holding their opponents to only 27 points. Because of their hard work on and off the field, the team has qualified to compete in the American Youth Football (AYF) National Championships held in Orlando, Florida.
On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Southeast Tarheels JM team went on to defeat the Parkside Warriors 27 to 6, thus returning as two-time champions. ACC and community members are proud sponsors of the team.
Here is the prize:
LGBTQ Community Grant
Mayor Bowser and the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Affairs awarded a combined $75,000 in grant funding to six community-based organizations that serve LGBTQ homeless youth and families in Washington, DC. The grants are intended to strengthen the organizational capacity, support leadership development, and ensure sustainability among nonprofits serving LGBTQ youth and young adults in DC. Grants were made in amounts between $10,000 and $15,000.
“We look forward to partnering with these community organizations to serve the needs of our LGBTQ youth,” said Mayor Bowser. “Our DC values include making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring, and we will continue this work until every resident has a safe place to call home.”
The Fiscal Year 2018 LGBTQ Community Grant awardees are:
For more information on this and other LGBTQ Community Grants, visit https://lgbtq.dc.gov/service/lgbtq-community-grant
HONORING THE ANACOSTIA COORDINATING COUNCIL