“Morning of Discovery” Set forTHIS SATURDAY 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’s community outreach arm, called the Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation (CDC), is collaborating with the American Chemical Society, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Howard University’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Metropolitan to host the inaugural event and jointly launch the Percy L. Julian Institute. Dr. Julian (l899–l973) was an award-winning African American research scientist and held more than 130 chemical patents.
“Minorities have historically been significantly underrepresented in the STEM fields,” said Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor of Metropolitan. “They deserve to be able to pursue opportunities and be supported and encouraged to follow their dreams.”
Targeting minority middle school students from Washington, D.C. public and charter schools, the “ Percy Julian Morning of Discovery” will provide parents with resources to nurture their children’s interest in STEM subjects and counseling to students on classes they must take credibly apply for college to major in STEM fields.
Signin and continental breakfast for the “Morning of Discovery” begins at 8 am and the event starts at 9 am. Offerings include talks on the opportunities for women and minorities, active scientists leading hands-on experiments, scientists leading students in discovery sessions at the American Chemical Society, located next door to Metropolitan at 1522 M St. N.W.
Metropolitan AME Teams Up With National and Local Financial Education Leaders for One-Stop Financial Empowerment on November 5, 2011
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.
The partnership with CAAB and Metropolitan AME for the DC tour is one of 26 stops on Moneywise’s national financial empowerment tour. Boston, who MC’s the event and facilitates an opening panel entitled: “Why We Are Here: Finding Success In An Economic Mess,” tapped E*Trade and other sponsors to bring national speakers and regional resources together to help to solve local problems all across the country.
Maurita Coley, Executive Director of CAAB says, “This is a community event that is for everyone – not just the members of the church. Whether you need to access services about how to get a job, how to start a business, how to modify your mortgage, how to prevent foreclosure, how to pay down your debt – the CAAB-Moneywise Financial Empowerment Tour has something for you.”
“It is the church’s responsibility to help people who are in need,” says Braxton. By partnering with Moneywise and CAAB to bring this information to the community, we are just doing what we are supposed to do. We are just blocks from the White House and the “Occupy DC” movement and we have our finger on the pulse of our people’s needs. This week we have middle school children coming to the church to learn about majoring in STEM programs. Next Saturday, we have CAAB and Kelvin Boston of Moneywise and the financial empowerment tour. This is just the beginning of what you will see coming from Metropolitan AME to aid our community.”
The event is at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 (www.metropolitanamec.org), 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and provides free parking and free lunch. Seating is limited so participants may register at www.caab.org or www.moneywise.tv/empowerment-tour or call 202-419-1440 (CAAB) or 202-3331-1426 (church). Metro accessible from McPherson Square (blue) or Farragut North (Red).
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 dance of the District of Columbia. Today Hand Dancing is a
family-friendly social activity that preserves the rich tradition of teamwork and connection that kept communities together.
Join instructors Kevin Murray and Pam Brown for Hand Dance classes at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church (1518 M St., NW) on Tuesdays beginning October 25, 2011; 6:30 – 7:45pm (beginners), 8:00 – 9:15pm (intermediate). Free validated parking one block away at PMI parking, 1615 M Street, NW. No partner needed, but a good time is required. See you on the dance
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
This all-day event features high level speakers from the public, corporate, and faith-based communities, dynamic music performances, panel discussions on a broad range of cutting-edge topics, PLUS one-on-one credit coaching, financial planning, health and wellness demonstrations, and prizes/raffles/exhibits.
This event is FREE and includes FREE lunch and FREE parking until 5pm at PMI Parking
1615 M Street (Bring parking ticket for validation at the church)
Metro Exits: McPherson Square and Farragut North.
Kelvin Boston, Author and Host of PBS’ “Moneywise with Kelvin Boston”
Willie Jolley, motivational speaker and author of “Turning Setbacks into Greenbacks”
Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Metropolitan AME Church
Rev. Dr. DeForest “Buster” Soaries, Jr., First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (NJ), author and featured on CNN’s “Black in America: Almighty Debt”
Marcus Johnson, entertainment entrepreneur and jazz recording artist
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women
Reid Temple AME’s Sandra L. Thompson, Director of Risk Management, FDIC
Linda Easley Stroman, Director of Financial Education, CAAB
Kimberley Henderson, Director, Housing and Community Development, Greater Washington Urban League
Alfonso Pearson, Community Development Manager, E*Trade Financial
Geoffrey “Coach” Tate, Financial and Home Ownership Coach
Jahi Davis, Vice President, Operation Hope DC
Carl Jefferson, President, National Association of African American Human Resource Professionals
Musical performances by recording artists
Anthony Brown and Doreen Vail
Metropolitan 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.