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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ahead Of Commemoration Of March, Local Church Played Host To Interfaith Voices

Washington's Shiloh Baptist Church is quiet this morning, but yesterday it was filled with voices of many faiths praising Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington.

'Walmart Bill' To Reach Gray's Desk On Friday

The chairman of the D.C. Council says a bill requiring Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour will be on Mayor Vincent Gray's desk by Friday.

Alexandria Officials Debate Breaking Up Troubled School To Avoid State Takeover

Alexandria's Jefferson-Houston School has faced years of troubles, but now school officials are pondering breaking it up into two separate facilities to avoid a state takeover.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lawmakers Get Earful From Constituents During Congressional Recess

Congress isn't back in session until the middle of September, but local constituents haven't stopped voicing their concerns about things like furloughs and sequester cuts.

Son Of Marion Barry Arrested For DUI, Drug Possession

Marion Christopher Barry, son of the former mayor and current D.C. Council member, was arrested in Virginia earlier this month for drive under the influence and possession of marijuana.

Annapolis Memorial Honors 1963 Civil Rights 'Foot Soldiers'

The 250,000 'foot soldiers' that made their way to the March on Washington are remembered at a new memorial dedicated today in Annapolis.

D.C. Police Say Undercover Officer Used To Infiltrate Group Because Of Assault

In a court filing, D.C. police have defended the use of an undercover officer to infilitrate a labor rights group, saying that they were concerned that violent acts were planned.

In March On Washington Speech, Gray Links King's Dream To D.C. Voting Rights

D.C. Mayor Gray focused on the District's lack of autonomy during his speech at 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Baltimore County Police Officer Shot, Killed Wednesday

A Baltimore County police officer was killed early Wednesday while serving a high-risk warrant to a house in Catonsville, Md.

Anniversary Of March On Washington A Special Day For All

The overcast skies and occasional rain isn't dampening the spirit on the National Mall, where thousands of people have started gathering for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary March on Washington.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: The Sights And Sounds Of The March On Washington

On the 50th anniversary of the March, we take a listen back to the music that served as a soundtrack of the day and consider the importance of folk and protest music in the civil rights movement.

The Diane Rehm Show: Fifty Years After The March On Washington

Guest host Frank Sesno and his guests discuss the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington and the state of civil rights in America today.

'The Most Remarkable Crowd': Two Washingtonians Remember 1963 March

On the day that the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, two Washingtonians recall how the day played out—and the lasting impact it had on them.

Church Founded By Freed Slaves Commemorates March On Washington

Shiloh Baptist Church in Shaw hosted an interfaith service today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.