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By Simeon Booker, Washington Bureau Chief

Confidential: When Hurricane Isabel neared the nation's capital, Virgin Isle Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen calmly boarded up, stocked food, water, and batteries, and just waited. In 57 years on St. Croix, the largest of the Virgin Islands, she had weathered a dozen hurricanes. Once the roof of a neighbor's condo crashed into the front of her house. Her advice to D.C. victims, "You never know. You prepare and pray for the best." ... The Black leader with the most difficult task--Wade Henderson, director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, a combine of some 141 racial, religious and civic groups. Henderson is the one charged with the responsibility of the group making progress ... Aides to President George W. Bush take credit for having the most minority appointees in history. Democrats don't bother to correct them by naming ex-President Bill Clinton as the real winner. At a recent GOP reception timed to coincide with the Democratic Black Caucus Weekend, less than 200 guests showed up with only three VIPs--Education Secretary Rod Paige, HUD Deputy Secretary Alphonso Jackson and HHS Deputy Secretary Claude Allen ... The Dell computer company gave the Black Caucus Foundation $500,000 to help build an online library chronicling the history of Blacks in Congress. Weldon Rougeau says the library will serve as a legacy for years ... D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton made sure the city's first national guardsman to be killed in Iraq was honored on a new postage stamp. The father of Darryl Dent was on hand at the ceremonies to accept a framed copy of the stamp ... For seven years, Peggy Seats has headed a drive to build a memorial for famed Black scientist Benjamin Banneker, the unsung and almost forgotten designer of the nation's capital. He made the first striking wooden clock in America and was a self-taught astronomer.

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