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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 ...

Howard on Keeping on a-Comin

I am one guy with a cowboy hat and a good looking horse fighting this drug war against an elephant. I am inspired b...

Graylin on Doing Something

Eventually Mrs. Jones stepped down, and was looking for nominations for a new president. I just kept my head down a...

Paul on the D.C. Republican Committee

While I think about how much easier my job would be if I worked in a red state like, Texas, I like working for the ...

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...

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...

Dorothea on Memory

I graduated from high school during the Great Depression. I was admitted to a teacher's college, but I didn't want ...

Jim on Being a Witness to History

Our community has long been built on sharing the history and traditions with the people before and after us. I reme...

Allie on Creative Expression

Growing up in the suburbs of D.C., you need to have a lot of strength and know who you are if you want to grow up a...

Rita on Not Playing the Game

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

Jamie on Pedicabs

I started riding a pedicab last summer. At the time, I had an unpaid gig organizing a big protest against mountaint...

Lt. Vines aka Coach Moe on Keeping Kids on the Straight and Narrow

Sometimes, I think that I was preordained to be a police officer.

Jose on a Country of Immigrants

Politicians in this city come-and-go, and they all make promises about helping the immigrants. We are a country of ...

ABilly on Understanding and Standing up for His Sexuality

When I finally settled here, I realized the true beauty of this city. Many people come here and pick a narrow path ...

Dan on Seeing Washington from a Piano Bench

I always thought that I was going to be an actor. Music was very easy to me, so I didn’t respect it. I moved to D...

Loraine on Dr. King’s Assassination

Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination was a very vivid moment in my life. As a child, I went down to the Mall with...

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