WIC's Quarterly NewsLetter
Benjamin Banneker - The Scars of Slavery Run DeepThis month marks the event of colonial American hero, and the only African-American Founding Father of the nation's capital, Benjamin Banneker, setting pen to hand to author his historic letter to then Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson. He expressed his discontent with the fact that the tenets of the Declaration of Independence were not inclusive of African-Americans who were being stolen from their indigenous homelands and brought to the shores of America by the millions to cultivate the land; build the highways and by-ways and governmental edifices; plantations; schools; churches; institutions; farms; homes; infrastructures; ships; capital industries; railways and the nation's capital.
Banneker's Birthday Celebrated with Dialogue on Race SeriesGrand Executive Director Adm. William Sizemore welcomed attendees to the launch of A Dialogue on Race in America series, offered as a community service of the Washington Interdependence Council's ongoing Benjamin Banneker commemorative mission. The event was held at the historic House of the Temple landmark, designed by John Russell Pope. The event featured popular radio and television personalities, authors and scholars, Dr. Boyce Watkins, founder of Black America Speaks, and Dr. Bob Hieronimus, noted author and leading authority on symbolism and secret architecture in the nation's capital.