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DC Justice Lab: Fighting to Evolve the District’s Criminal Justice System

Issues like solitary confinement and record expungement have long plagued the African-American community. The roots of these issues run deeper than just affecting the individuals taking on these burdens. The roots trickle down to their mothers, fathers, children, and in some cases their entire family. Luckily, a local organization–DC Justice Lab–works to research, organize, and …

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Achieving Academic Equity and Excellence for Black and Brown Boys

The crisis with our Black and Brown boys continues to exist. Their life trajectories are crippled by intergenerational trauma caused by implicit bias and systemic racism. Black and Brown boys are disproportionately affected by implicit bias, systemic racism, and a lack of trauma-informed community support systems. They experience trauma at a much higher rate than …

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Making D.C. Black Again: Addressing the Effects of Gentrification in the District

Gentrification is defined as the process by which neglected, low-income, underdeveloped urban communities start to see a rapid influx in their communities’ development, resulting in a new community. This community becomes unaffordable to its current residents, further resulting in the displacement of its community members who are replaced by wealthy newcomers who can afford such …

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Sheika Reid: Community Support Leader

Developing Deeper Connections Between the Community and DC Government Sheika Reid, local Ward 1 native, grew up in Columbia Heights and was born to parents looking to uplift not only their family, but also their community. This fueled Reid’s determination to service the underserved and to do everything she could to shine a light on …

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S-N-S Hobbies: Inspiration, Foundation, and Nostalgia 

Kojo Cross, owner of S-N-S Hobbies, does not just run a Black-owned toy store in Washington, D.C. He brings meaning to the words “inspiration, foundation and nostalgia.” Cross has utilized his childhood inspiration–watching his father’s entrepreneurship come to fruition–learning early on that what he liked mattered, and that he could pair that with something that …

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Organizations Blossoming the Youth of D.C. and Baltimore

SMYAL: Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders For nearly 40 years, LGBTQ+ individuals living in Washington, D.C. and needing an environment reminiscent of having familial support depend on SMYAL–Supporting and Mentoring Youth Leaders and Advocates–an organization supplying children and young adults leadership development opportunities, after-school programs, and counseling services.  Hancie Stokes, the organization’s communications …

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