South Africans Vote May 7
For only the fifth time since the beginning of majority rule in 1994, South Africans will go to the polls May 7. This will also be the first democratic election without Nelson Mandela, who died December 5, 2013.
South Africans over 18 are allowed to vote, including prisoners. (In the U.S. 13% of all Black men are not allowed to vote because they have been convicted of felony offences.)
South Africa is Africa’s largest economy, representing 24% of the continent’s GDP. However, the equality gap remains large with Whites having an unemployment rate of 4%, Coloreds 11%, Asians 29%, and Blacks 62%.
American Drivers Get
The REAL ID Act calls for new driver license standards and the Department of Homeland Security began enforcing the Act in April.
Beginning May 1, DC resdents who get or renew a drivers license or identification card will need to bring: proof of identity, proof of social security number, and proof of residence in order to get a REAL ID.
Those who already have a D.C. issued driver’s license or identification card can still use what they have until it expires.
Several states including Maryland and Virginia have already conformed to the REAL ID Act from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Anacostia Big Chair Market
2215 MLK, SE
Sats, 10a-4p, free
featuring Kenyan designer, Kirigho
1524 U Street, NW
Sat, May 3, 2p-6p, free
Cinco de Mayo
Forest Community Center
1200 Fillmore Road
Ft. Washington, MD
Mon, May 5, 7p-9p, free
Jazz 101 with
Veteran Jazz Broadcaster Rusty Hassan
(Four part series begins May 6)
The Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Tues, May 6-27, 11a-12:30p
$12 per session, $40 for series
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Sat, May 10, 10a-6p
Sun, May 11, 10a-5p, free
African Americans Teens
in the Civil Rights Movement
Tue, May 13, 7p, free
Ocean City Restaurant Week
Ocean City, MD
Sun, May 4 - Sun, May 18
2nd Annual African American
Children's Book Festival
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Sat May 10, 1-4pm, free
Mrs. Obama at Ribbon Cutting
The Metropolitan Museum of Arts
Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing
Mon, May 5, 11a
1245 Chicago Ave
Sun, May 4, 6p–9p, $35-$65
Older, Male White Supremacists Unchained
"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with Black people. Do you have to?"
- 80-year-old Donald (Tokowitz) Sterling, owner Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball team - April 2014
“I never heard one of them, one Black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone White people'—not a word! ... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
- 68-year-old Duck Dynasty Reality TV Show and self-proclaimed ‘White Trash,” Phil Robertson- December 2013
“They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
67-year-old rancher, anti-government, Fox News celebrity Cliven Bundy - April 2013
“I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.”
- 64-year-old Ted Nugent, rock star and staunch Republican - January 2014
From March 20 - April 2, 2014 POH Snippets: Quvenzhané Wallis to Star as Annie – Racists Go Crazy
“The remarks attributed to Mr. Sterling are outrageous and remind us that racism is alive and well at every socioeconomic level. With the election of President Obama, many were sold the idea that the United States would be instantly transformed into a post racial society and racism would be eviscerated. People who bought that idea were sold wolf tickets.
- Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO - April 2013
Celebrating the Life and Times of Benjamin Banneker
How many ways can you celebrate the life of one man? The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum has been finding a myriad of ways, including a recent exploration of the music during his times, to celebrate the life of the musician, author, scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, publisher, urban planner, surveyor, and astronomer.
Coming celebrations include an observance of Summer Solstice (experience his being an astronomer) and a Colonial Marketplace (experience his shopping). The museum and park is on the land in which Banneker once farmed.
- Colonial Market Fair
Sat, Jun 14 – Sun, Jun 15, 10a-4p, free
- Marking the Summer Solstice
Fri, June 20, 8p-9:30, donation requested
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