Rally And Funeral Procession To Mark Homeless Persons' Memorial Day | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Rally And Funeral Procession To Mark Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

Play associated audio
Albert Townsend stands by a coffin representing the 26 homeless individuals who died in D.C. this year.
WAMU/Armando Trull
Albert Townsend stands by a coffin representing the 26 homeless individuals who died in D.C. this year.

Today marks National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, when cities nationwide will honor those who have died homeless in the past year.

This year’s memorial began on Thursday with an all-night vigil in Freedom Plaza, and is being followed this morning by a rally and funeral procession. A coffin — representing all those who have died without a home in D.C. this year — will be marched to New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where the official memorial service will take place.

"This coffin represents [homeless] people who have died on the street; 26 people this year have died. The vigil represents those homeless people, and not just the people who died, but also the people who live on the street as well," says Albert Townsend with People for Fairness Coalition, one of the groups taking part in the event.

The rally will start at 9:30, and the march to the church will start at 10:30.

NPR

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.
NPR

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.
NPR

8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner

Every year, the president sits down for dinner with Washington reporters and delivers a standup routine. From his "bucket list" to Hillary Clinton, here's what he came up with this year.
NPR

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Leave a Comment

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