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Scholarship Awards Reception     (7/16/16) 

A special reception was held at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives in Washington, DC to introduce the 2016 recipients.  Guests joined MRSPT  in congratulating four of the six awardees, who were also the focus of an encouraging message offered by Sumner Museum Director Kimberly Springle. The event also featured special presentations by MRSPT to the Museum of a canvas photo collage designed by former scholarship recipient Michael Dubose, Jr., and Kadesh DuBose, of KmBd Studios™as well as an Armstrong High School medal awarded to the late Lawrence S. Tyson, a Military Road School alum who graduated from Armstrong in the early 1930’s.  Greetings were also offered to attendees by Bill Brown, President of AOI; Joseph Gardella, a staff member from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, former Fox 5 News reporter and Honorary Military Road School alum Karen Gray Houston; and Daughters of Union Veterans President Joan Trafton.    (Visit our Scholarship page for recipient  photos and scholarship information)



Additional  News

  • Military Road School Presentations

In keeping with MRSPT’s mission to share the history of the Military Road School, several alumni spoke about their experiences as students and shared the School’s history and legacy through photos and various artifacts.   Presentations were part of the Black History Month Salute held by the Rock Creek Civil War Roundtable (RCCWWR) at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center on February 6th and on July 11th at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library.

  • Annual Prayer Breakfast       (3/19/16)

MRSPT sponsored its annual Prayer Breakfast at the St. Luke Baptist Church on Saturday March 19th.    This year’s theme:  “Fervent Prayer” was communicated through several attendees who shared the meaning of prayer in their lives.  The Owens Sisters of the St. Paul AME Church provided special music and Pastor Ronald E. Jones (Pastor of Community at Forcey Bible Church, Silver Spring, MD), host Pastor Aubrey C. Lewis of St. Luke and Rev. Dr. Melvin D. Wallace (Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.) offered prayers befitting the occasion. 

  • DC Digital Museum    (4/9/16) 

In partnership with Humanities DC, MRSPT hosted a nostalgic event focusing on local histories at the Lamond-Riggs Library in northeast DC.  The public was encouraged to attend and bring personal items that revisit our metropolitan area’s past.  Humanities DC staff were available to document and digitally photograph items belonging to ordinary collectors for inclusion in the DC Digital Museum which will be made accessible for viewing online. 

  • Mapping Segregation in Washington DC    (4/14/16) 

An updated presentation on “Mapping Segregation in Washington DC--How real estate developers shaped the racial landscape of Ward 4” was given at the Petworth Library in northwest DC by historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC.  MRSPT was honored to partner with Prologue DC in the development of this public history project funded in part by the DC Preservation League and Humanities DC.

  •  Lincoln - Thomas Day   (9/17/16)

In partnership with the National Park Service, our annual commemoration of Lincoln-Thomas Day was held at the Fort Stevens Battleground and featured Dr. James W. Loewen, Sociologist, Educator and Author.  Other program participants included Mrs. Beatrice Liggins, a Military Road School alum, and the Anacostia High School J-ROTC Color Guard.  Greetings were offered by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and ROCR Superintendent Tara Morrison and there was also a tribute marking the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service. 

  • 43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History (11/3/16 - 11/4/16)

On Friday, November 4th, MRSPT shared the history and legacy of the Military Road School as well as our interest in promoting higher education at the History Network’s 43nd Annual Conference on D.C. History held at the Carnegie Library.  The History Network is a forum of organizations that wish to share information with conference attendees and participants.