On May 1st, 2010, Dezmoine Perkins, 16, was killed from multiple gunshot wounds. His shrine is at 535 Edgewood Street NE.

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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 stop at the edge of o...

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 house. There was this ...

Josef on Making it Count

Working at an underground sex club taught me about hard work and humility. I got paid $9 an hour to pick up rooms a...

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 ...

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...

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...

Joe on Being an Asset to Society

My story may be a little rough to some people, but I hope that they can still hear my message: there is hope. Becau...

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.

Willette on Taking Back Her Neighborhood

When we talk about violence in our communities, a lot of it comes from these kids with no hope or opportunities. Ev...

Edmund on THEARC

Do you know how many times I have been told that THEARC is the best kept secret in the city? Despite the progress h...

Thomas on Finding His New Family

Because Dawson was my best friend and I really grew to love his family, I asked if his Mom would adopt me. They tho...

Delonte on the Consequences

I knew that robbing someone was wrong, but I always thought that if I got caught, it would be the situation that le...

Ruby on Having Enough to Eat

When I was working, I never had to go with no food, so it scared me to see myself and my babies not having enough t...

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