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Military Road School Alumni Presentations


 January & February

 

    In response to an invitation by the DC Public Library System in connection with their observances of Martin Luther King, Jr., Week and Black History Month, Military Road School alumni shared their personal experiences as students while attending this historic institution.  These special presentations were held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, Georgetown Neighborhood Library and Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library. 

 

June

 

     Two alumni also gave presentations at both campuses of the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Charter School—one of which is located in the historic Military Road School building.  LAMB students interviewed Military Road School alumni about their experiences.

 Additional  News

  • Annual Prayer Breakfast - March 18

MRSPT held its Annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 18th at the Saint Luke Baptist Church.  This year’s theme:  Great Is Thy Faithfulness was a particularly appropriate one as this organization celebrates its establishment in 2007.  Among our special guests was Ms. Kim Smith, a former employee of the D.C. Department of Public Works.  Ms. Smith and her colleague, the late Charles Bostian, were very instrumental in helping Military Road School alumni successfully obtain historic status for the building by providing critical photographs of the School, which was constructed in 1912.  Inspirational music provided by renowned vocalist Ms. Annette Singletary and words of encouragement offered by Rev. Dr. Melvin D. Wallace greatly enhanced this momentous occasion at which special recognition was given  and appreciation expressed for many who had contributed to the organization’s accomplishments over its 20-year existence.  

  • Mapping Segregation in Washington DC Presentation -April 27th

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. 

  • Nannie Helen Burroughs Event             May 10th

     On Wednesday, May 10th, MRSPT officers, members and supporters honored African American educator and activist Nannie Helen Burroughs during a wreath-laying ceremony held at the location of her former school in northeast D.C.   Tributes were paid by attendees, including some whose lives had been personally touched through association with her school in some manner.  In appreciation of Ms. Burroughs’ endeavors to achieve equality and education excellence, MRSPT was pleased to organize this special observance of Nannie Helen Burroughs Day as declared by Mayor Walter E. Washington in 1975.   

  • 2017 Scholarship Recipients 

      MRSPT announces the following recipients of the Military Road School Donnessa Lucas Memorial Scholarship Fund Award:  Mr. Robel Abza, Ms. Daniella Butler, Ms. Amy Green, Mr. Dewit Mammo, Ms. Erica Morton, Ms. Arica Shepherd and Mr. Philip O’Sullivan.   We hope you will join us in wishing each of them a successful year of studies, and we thank all of you who made it possible for MRSPT to offer financial assistance for some of their education-related expenses.

  • Lincoln - Thomas Day  September 16th

      The National Park Service celebrated Rock Creek Park Day at a portion of the Fort Totten Battleground site located along South In partnership with the National Park Service, MRSPT held the annual commemoration of Lincoln-Thomas Day, which celebrates the unlikely but historically significant Civil War-related alliance between President Abraham Lincoln and Brightwood resident Mrs. Elizabeth Proctor Thomas.  This year’s program participants included the JROTC of the Anacostia High School, Military Road School alumnus Mrs. Beatrice Liggins, The Montgomery Blair High School’s Chamber Choir, and local actress Ms. Donise Stevens, who portrayed Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas and Dr. Matthew Palus, Senior Archaeologist of the Ottery Group, Inc., who gave a special presentation with respect to historic findings recently uncovered on the grounds of the Emory United Methodist Church site. Dakota Avenue in northeast D.C.  Because of the Military Road School’s Civil War connection with Fort Stevens, MRSPT hosted an exhibit table at which a number of visitors learned about the School’s history and our endeavors to share its legacy.

  • Rock Creek Park Day - September 23rd

The National Park Service celebrated Rock Creek Park Day at a portion of the Fort Totten Battleground site located along South Dakota Avenue in northeast D.C.  Because of the Military Road School’s Civil War connection with Fort Stevens, MRSPT hosted an exhibit table at which a number of visitors learned about the School’s history and our endeavors to share its legacy

  • Annual Membership Meeting - October 17th

     MRSPT held its Annual Membership at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives at which MRSPT Officers were elected as well as members of the Board of Directors.  We were pleased to welcome long-time supporters Michael DuBose and Peter Kissel to the Board.