At African American Civil War Museum Opening, Gray Makes Pitch For Statehood | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

At African American Civil War Museum Opening, Gray Makes Pitch For Statehood

Play associated audio
Leon Vaughn, a Massachusetts 54th Regiment Company B Civil War reenactor, at the July 18 opening ceremony for the new African American Civil War Museum in Northwest D.C.
Elliott Francis
Leon Vaughn, a Massachusetts 54th Regiment Company B Civil War reenactor, at the July 18 opening ceremony for the new African American Civil War Museum in Northwest D.C.

The museum, which re-opened Monday in a new $5 million space, tells the story of African Americans who fought to end slavery and unite a nation. Among those speaking at the re-dedication was D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who seized the moment of historic reflection to illuminate the districts ongoing struggle for self rule.

"Why is it that a city that's balanced its budget for 14 consecutive years have to send its budget up to a group of people for approval who can't even get action on the debt ceiling?" he said during remarks at the ceremony.

Gray and other city leaders have been particularly vocal on the issue of D.C. statehood this year, after Congress in May passed a budget deal that banned the District from spending taxpayer funds on abortions.

"African Americans stood up for freedom in this nation, yet we still have 600,000 people 150 years later who still don't enjoy freedom in this city," Gray says. "So there certainly is a nexus between then and now, and we couldn't let the opportunity go by without mentioning that."

The standing room only crowd at the museum opening continued to loudly applaud the mayor's comments. Gray called for a rally late in August to focus attention on home rule for the District.

NPR

Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys

In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.
NPR

Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.
WAMU 88.5

New Anthony Brown Video Accuses Opponent Of 'Hiding' And 'Lying"

Democrat Anthony Brown unveiled a new web video today alleging that Republican Larry Hogan is "hiding" his positions on contentious issues like abortion and gun control.
NPR

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.