In 1989, World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov came to Washington, D.C., to introduce the idea of using chess to battle drug use among children. The concept developed into the U.S. Chess Center at 1501 M Street NW.

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Mark on A Wider Circle

When we help a family in poverty, we are really helping ourselves. As humans, we don’t just s...

Return of The Anecdote

People's District presents The Anecdote, a pop-up storytelling night, on November 3rd from 6:30...

Danny on Danny Harris

Danny Harris interviews Danny Harris.

Michael on Being Down for Da Struggle

I remember my first experience with violence. I was seven or eight and playing outside of my ho...

Tracy and Josh on Fighting for D.C.

I used to work in the Maryland State Legislature, and people there felt like they could progres...

Linwood on 40 Years of Gutting Fish

And after 40 years, I have probably cut off more fish heads and scaled and gutted more fish tha...

Philippa on Bringing Venetian Canals to Washington, D.C.

A few years ago, I had this idea: how can I bring canals to Washington, D.C.? After all of this...

Washington Through the Eyes of HD Woodson’s Students

Over a four week period, I brought People's District into Ms. Ajueyitsi's classroom at H.D. Woo...

Rita on Not Playing the Game

Sometimes, I think that things here are too controlled and people do not want to get out of lin...

Jason on the Live Aboard Community in SW

This whole waterfront is changing, and I hope that our houseboat community can survive. We are ...

Joy on Sign Spinning

Mikhael on Living on a Houseboat

People always ask about the best way to meet people when you move someplace new. Well, one of t...

Derek on Being the Stereotype

I'm the stereotype of what all of you white folks think of black men in the ghetto.

Kelly on the Freest Form of Expression There Is

A lot of people hate on graffiti and vandals because they think we are destroying a place, but ...

Marty on Living Free of Harassment

One of the things that dawned on me from an early age was that life was not fair in terms of ge...

Councilmember Kwame Brown on Changing with the District

I wanted to show that you could be a graduate of D.C. public schools and live east of the river...

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