Hillcrest Community Civic Association 20th Anniversary -- A Legacy of Inspired Civic Leadership

I originally created this piece as a PowerPoint presentation using images and records from the Hillcrest Historian, Gloria Logan. Mrs Logan is working on another record of Hillcrest and asked me about the original piece which was created and published in 2009. The PowerPoint presentation ran as attendees enjoyed lunch during the Anniversary Celebratory Luncheon. The video contains images of Hillcrest's leaders, city leaders and national leaders including, Eric Holder, Jessie Jackson, Tony Williams, Marion and Effy Barry, Alice Rivlin, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and many others. The Hillcrest Community is in Ward 7 in Washington DC, the Nation's Capitol.

Exciting Kick Off to Caribbean Cuisine & Caribbean-American Heritage Month

The Meet, Greet and Mingle event was held on a very sultry evening at Spark at Engine 12 in Washington DC.  The warm weather, steel pan music, beautiful people, Carnival Masqueraders and, yes, Caribbean food and Trini rum punch bought the Caribbean to Washington DC on June 1.  Event partners included  Spark at Engine 12National Caribbean-American Foods & Foodways Alliance (NCAFFA)Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean-American Community Affairs (MACCCA), Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce of the DMV (CACCE-GWAN)Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival-DCDC Main Streets (North Capitol, Lower Georgia Avenue, Uptown).

Inspire - Gay Games DC 2022 Final Presentation

The Washington DC Gay Games 2022 Bid Committee presented this package to the Federation of Gay Games at their annual meeting in Paris on Saturday 28 October 2017.  The presentation named, INSPIRE, is comprised of videos, recorded interviews from the DC LGBT sports community and national leaders and live briefings by our committee including Briana Scurry-- two time Olympic Gold Medalist, Chris Mosier -- Team USA triathlete, and DC's mayor, Muriel Bowser.  Take a view minutes and be inspired.  I was one of the co-chairs for the DC bid.  I am a big proponent of the Gay Games movement and supporting this bid was a huge honor for me.

Mayor Bowser hosts World AIDS Day Red Carnation Affair with special guest Raheem DaVaughn

Mayor Bowser hosted the World AIDS Day Red Carnation Affair at the Reeves Center today.  The Mayor, the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs Cluster and DC Health Officials addressed the well attended gathering.  Special Guess Raheem DeVaughn spoke about his efforts to combat AIDS the African American community through his foundation, LoveLifeFoundationDMV.org

9/11 Remembered

We stayed in a hotel that overlooks that 9/11 Memorial in late August.  We spent some quality time in and around the Memorial over three days.

The new Tower One is up.  Towers Three and Four are up and not yet finished.  The base for Tower Two is there and there is a lot of construction activity in and around the World Trade Center site. 

People from around the world visit the 9/11 Memorial to pay their respects.  The overall mood was very respectful and positive.

The New York financial district has largely recovered.  Fabulous new waterfront parks and condos abound; but here and there there you see buildings that are closed off or still being renovated.  Those buildings and the 9/11 Memorial itself stand as solemn reminders of the terror of 16 years ago.

Federation of Gay Games inspects DC sports venues & DC Gay Games 2022 Rally

The DC Gay Games Bid Committee for the 2022 Gay Games is hosting the Federation of Gay Games Site Inspection team 28 June - 1 July.  I serve as one of three, Bid Committee Co-Chairs.  The Bid Committee developed the plan to visit key venues, evaluate transportation and a few more social activities to introduce the Federation Officials to Washington DC and our ability, enthusiasm and commitment to host the best ever Gay Games.  This is what Day 1 in DC looked like.

We started with our bi-weekly DCGG2022 Bid Board Meeting.  David and Annette attended and participated freely in the discussion.  The meeting also allowed the Bid team to introduce themselves to FGG officials.  We finished the day with a large, diverse, energetic, enthusiastic and loud rally in support of bringing the Gay Games to Washington DC in 2022.  Our Mayor eloquently repeated her strong endorsement for the games. 

This Is What Democracy Looks Like - The Equality March for Unity and Pride

I am one of the local organizers for the Equality March.  I slept restlessly, the nigh before the March and awoke with an unsettled stomach.  I couldn't eat breakfast and knew it would be hours before I could have a meal.  Unease turned to elation when I got to McPherson Square, the rallying point for the start of the March.  Thousands of people were already there ready to march. AND MARCH WE DID!

Mayor Bowser Visits the Hillcrest Community Civic Association

Mayor Muriel Bowser attended the Hillcrest Community Civic Association's monthly meeting today where she updated the community on the budget, the audit, crime, safety, housing and schools among other topics.  The Hillcrest Community, not known for its shyness, took full advantage of the Mayor's presence to ask tough questions.  The Education Committee awarded Desmond Dinkens a $2,000 scholarship for his leadership and innovation at the School Without Walls and in the community.

Marion Barry Jr's 81st Birthday Celebration

A couple hundred people gathered at the John A. Wilson Building to celebrate the anniversary of Mr Barry's 81st birthday and to view early concepts of his monument on March 7th.  Dr Janette Hoston Harris, the City Historian, led the program.  

Mayor Muriel Bowser reminded everyone of the multitudes of Washingtonians that Marion Barry helped over his 50 years of service to our city.  She encouraged everyone to mark the day by enjoying a fond, funny, outrageous memory of Marion Barry.   Council chairman, Phil Mendelson, spoke about the consummate politician who was a very able ally or opponent depending on the issue at hand.  Ward 8 Councilmember, Trayon White, spoke to Mr Barry's ability to connect with all generations, stating that he, his son and grandmother had relationships with, and stories to tell about Mr. Barry.

Women's March on Washington - This is What Democracy Looks Like

The Women's March did what both major political parties failed to do in the past elections.  The Woman's March motivated and mobilized a huge, diverse, grassroots movement to, dare I say it, "Take America Back."   I was there at the main stage supporting my sister DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.   My Mayor, organizers and all the speakers delivered powerfully unifying messages while making it clear that no one intends to give up over 200 years of progress.

#Inauguration of the 45th President - I was there #FirstBroDC

I am a native Washingtonian and have attended parts of many Inaugurations.  Sometimes my guy won.  Sometimes my gal lost.  For the first time, I was able to view the ceremony from the grounds of the US Capitol.  I was able to view the unbroken chain of the transfer of the Office of the President of the United States first hand.  I felt that it was very important to be there to hear it, to see it and the feel it firsthand.  #NoFilter.  The processing of what transpired on January 20th is a journey that many Americans and people around the world  share with me.  

Marvin Bowser walks Pennsylvania Avenue

I walked Pennsylvania Avenue on the 18th on January two days before the Inauguration to see the preparations and to get a feel of the area.  I started in Freedom Plaza, directly across from the Wilson Building which is Washington DC's City Hall.  The Wilson Building sits between the White House and the Trump International Hotel.  I really didn't plan this video.  I just walked and said what was on my mind, on my heart.  Some of the things I said, surprised me.
Sam Ford of WJLA was a great sport and gave me a few words.  

Mayor Muriel Bowser Welcomes New Members of the 115th Congress

Mayor Muriel Bowser welcomed Freshman members of the 115th Congress to Washington DC today at a reception at the Cannon House Office Building.  The event marked the first time a Mayor of the District of Columbia has extended this courtesy to Congress.   The large room was packed with District residents, Congress members and staff.  The atmosphere in the room was jubilant. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) California, opened the program.  Steny Hoyer (D) Maryland - House Minority Whip - came out swinging -  citing that no capital city in industrialized countries lacks voting representation in its parliament.  This is wrong.  He went on to say that the DMV region depends on the health and vitality of Washington DC.  The implication being that the City should be able to count on support from the surrounding jurisdictions.   The Mayor's approach to build support for voting rights and Statehood is taking root.

Rep Hoyer introduced the special guest: House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D) California.

Mayor Muriel Bowser's Third Annual FreshStart 5K

A diverse crowd of about 1,200 turned out for the Third Annual FreshStart 5K which is one of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiatives to attain and maintain a healthy DC, on New Years Day 2017. 

The event is a run/walk.  It was a sunny winters morning on Hains Point and beautiful along the shores of the Washington Channel and the Potomac River.  

I used my GoPro on a head mount for the first time. There are a few things I'll do differently next time!  Enjoy

2016 Annual Community Cornerstones Recognition Ceremony

At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds' initiative to recognize the community organizers, leaders and volunteers who contribute to making our city the vibrant community it is.  In the Councilmember's words, "This annual event gives us all an opportunity to recognize those in the community.  Leaders, neighbors, friends, businesses, and organizations that have contributed and positively impacted the lives of the citizens of the District of Columbia.  Our father, Joseph Bowser, was recognized today for his 37 years of service on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC).  

Imagination Stage - 2016 Annual Gala - La Fete des Amusements et Jeux

I love DC.  On December 9th, I represented my sister, Mayor Muriel Bowser, at Imagination Stage's Annual Gala that was led by my good friend Kim Greenfield Alfonso, the Imagination Stage Board President.  The venue was fantastic, La Masion Francais or the French Embassy.  The large, diverse crowd was quite beautiful in "creative black tie."  And one of Washignton's great artists, Septime Webre, received the Imagination Stage Award.