Archive for October, 2011

Unusual Coalition fights “Stemphobia” in DC Youth

Posted on: October 27th, 2011 by admin

“Morning of Discovery” Set for Oct. 29 at Metropolitan AME Church

Are minority youth “STEM-phobic” – fearful of studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics?

Determined to demystify these subjects and encourage District middle school students to study and prepare to enter these vital and lucrative careers, an unusual coalition of religious, educational, governmental, private and non-profit organizations have joined forces to host the “Percy Julian Morning of Discovery on Saturday, October 29 at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M St. NW.

Metropolitan AME Teams Up With National and Local Financial
Education Leaders for One-Stop Financial Empowerment on Nov. 5, 2011

Posted on: October 27th, 2011 by admin

Washington, DC – The historic Metropolitan AME Church, a landmark in downtown Washington DC since 1838 whose pulpit has hosted presidents and global heads of state, has emereged after a two-year renovation to address issues such as poverty, joblessness, and other pressing local community needs.

Metropolitan has teamed up with national author and host of the long-running PBS personal finance TV series Moneywise with Kelvin Boston, and local nonprofit financial education leader, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) to provide a free, all day “financial empowerment” event on November 5. Key speakers include Kelvin Boston, host of Moneywise with Kelvin Boston, national motivational speaker Willie Jolley, author of Turning Setbacks into Greenbacks, Rev. Deforest Soaries, Jr., author of Breaking Free from Financial Slavery, and Obama-appointee Marie P. Johns, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. This event features other high level speakers from the public, corporate, and faith-based communities, dynamic music performances, panel discussions on a broad range of cutting-edge financial topics, plus one-on-one mini credit coaching (with a free credit report) and financial planning sessions, exhibits and prizes.

“We here at Metropolitan are reaching out to everyone in the community and encouraging ANYONE who needs help to come to this event. So many people are hurting from this financial tsunami, but they can come here on Saturday to get the tools they need to restore hope,” says Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor of the predominantly African American congregation.

Register now!

Hand Dance Classes Every Tuesday at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by admin

Hand Dancing is a form of swing dancing in the family of Chicago Stepping, Detroit Ballroom, Phili Bop, and West Coast Swing. It has roots in the Lindy-Hop and Jitterbug of 1920s Harlem. In 1993 the Smithsonian recognized Hand Dancing as an American art form, and in 1999 D.C.’s City Council made it the official… Read more

Moneywise Empowerment Tour Coming to Metropolitan AME

Posted on: October 19th, 2011 by admin

On Saturday, November 5, 2011, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) joins forces with Moneywise with Kelvin Boston (left) to present “Moneywise Financial Empowerment Tour 2011” at the historic Metropolitan AME Church in downtown Washington, DC. Download the flyer!

Saturday, November 5, 2011
8:30 am ET to 5:30 pm ET
Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Member Gwen Ifill Inducted into NABJ Hall of Fame

Posted on: October 13th, 2011 by admin

Gwen IfillMetropolitan member, Gwen Ifill will be one of the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) inductees into its Hall of Fame, the organization’s highest honor. The ceremony will be held on January 26, 2012. Annually, NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. Over the last 19 years, NABJ has inducted over 45 journalists.

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour.” She is also the best-selling author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” Gwen reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs to U.S. politics and policies interviewing national and international newsmakers. She has covered six Presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates. A native of New York City, Gwen graduated from Simmons College in Boston.