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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Tracy and Josh on Fighting for D.C.

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

Troy on Running out of Gas

As we were running, my friend and I got split up and the white car chased me down to Clay Place. By the time they p...

Judith on Changing Her Heart

As a child, I always felt like something was missing in my life. I grew up the only child with a mother who worked ...

Bill on Finding His Birth Parents

I'll be 60 in November, but I feel like I am getting younger as time moves forward.

Aminate on Being a Blessing

Everyone calls me 'Ma,' even the older folks, because I am a giver. I feed the hungry and help the needy. When you ...

Herman on Being a Minority in Reverse

I look back on my life and realize that my upbringing is a little different than most. We were the only white famil...

Bardia on Cooking for the President

One day back in the 90's, it was about 2 o'clock on a beautiful summer day and these two gentlemen walked into my r...

Maudine on Her Only Regret

My first perception at Howard in the 50's was that all of the young men were impoverished because they wore short p...

Isaac on Getting the Best and Worst of D.C.

I made a decision to leave the neighborhood and never move back after my sister was murdered in 2002 by her boyfrie...

Sheila on Being Miss Senior DC

One of the funniest things about the pageant for me is that my maiden name is Queen. Would you believe it? As a chi...

Andrew aka Padre Caedes on Live Action Role Play

When people ask me about live action role play, I describe it as football...with weapons. This is a place where you...

Sarita on Moving on

That last lock up was a real trip. You would not believe who my bunkmate was? Martha Stewart! I was in West Virgini...

David on Being a Teenage Father

While I am happy about this baby, in the back of my head, I do think about what my life would be like if I didn't h...

Qin Xi Lin on Reuniting with His Family

I like America, but living here is hard. I have to do everything myself because I have no family or friends here. I...

Jerry on Hearing Marvin Gaye on the Radio

Every Thursday night, me and some friends would join a bunch of other guys from Spingarn High School on the corner ...

Dinah on Settling Herself Down

I never rode school buses as a kid, only public buses, so this was all new to me when I started.

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