Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, was an African American civil rights and women’s rights activist. She focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Along side Dr. Height are my children , Jeffrey, Jamar and Jasmine Harrison.
Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, was an American lawyer and politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his death in 2009. A member of the Democratic Party and the Kennedy political family, he was the second most senior member of the Senate. Senator Kennedy and Jasmine Harrison were reading partners for the Everybody Wins Reading Program for 6 years and friends until his death.
General Colin Luther Powell, is an American politician, diplomat and retired four-star general who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. Along side General Powell are Mrs. Alma Powell, their grandson and Jasmine Harrison.
Mrs. Virginia Ali, a warm and beautiful spirited woman, is Ben’s Chili Bowl co-founder and owner , 62 years and counting, as well as a Washington, DC local treasure, that open the famous restaurant on U street Black Broadway with her husband Ben Ali in 1958.
Honorable Rebecca Ann Kleefisch, is an American politician and former television news anchor, who was the 44th lieutenant governor of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019.
Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, is an American political activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997
Representative John Robert Lewis, ( Good trouble) was an American statesman and civil rights activist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1963 to 1966
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, is an American lawyer and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district, having served since 1995.
Senator Marsha Blackburn, is an American businesswoman and the senior United States Senator from Tennessee. She is a member of the Republican Party.
Representative Elijah Eugene Cummings, was an American politician and civil rights advocate who served in the United States House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th congressional district
Senator William Morgan Cassidy, (top ) is an American physician and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Louisiana, a seat he has held since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, he served in the Louisiana State Senate from 2006 to 2009 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2015
Senator Murphy D-CT, (left) is an American lawyer, author, and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Connecticut since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Connecticut’s 5th congressional district.
Senator Andrew Lamar Alexander Jr, (right) is a retired American lawyer and politician who served as a United States Senator from Tennessee from 2003 to 2021
Dr. Roger A. Mitchell, Jr, was the Chief Medical Examiner for the Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, he was appointed in 2014. He is a graduate of Howard University, Washington DC, and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. He has a B.S.
Jennifer Marshall, is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of This Is My Brave, Inc., the leading platform for individuals to share their story of overcoming mental illness through creative expression.
Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, is a board-certified family physician with over a decade of experience leading population health initiatives in governmental public health agencies. Dr. Nesbitt currently serves as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health in Washington, DC.
Cora Masters Barry, is a community builder, dream maker, tennis and educational entrepreneur, and trailblazer, she has literally changed the lives of over 15,000 inner city youth through the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC). As former First Lady of the District of Columbia, Mrs. Barry, in 1994, founded the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) to provide safe, state-of-the-art recreational environments for underserved DC youth. was and is a professor and civic leader.
Marion Barry, the “Mayor for Life” as he was known. was an American politician who served as Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991 and 1995 to 1999. When Marion Barry first became mayor in 1979, he committed local funding and doubled the size of the summer job program in the District of Columbia. Barry, who died in 2014, became one of the summer job program’s most consistent champions, endearing himself to an entire generation of Washingtonians.
Donnie Simpson, is a longtime American radio DJ as well as a television and movie personality. He hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show on Washington, D.C. radio station WPGC-FM from March 1993 to January 29, 2010.
Patrick Joseph Kennedy II, is an American politician and mental health advocate. From 1995 to 2011, he served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district. He is the son of Senator Edward Kennedy.
Ayanna Gregory, is an accomplished singer, a songstress, writer, dramatist, educator and activist. Ms. Gregory is the daughter of longtime civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory.
Ilyasah Shabazz, is the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. She is an author, most notably of a memoir, Growing Up X, community organizer, social activist, and motivational speaker.
Linda Rosenberg MSW, former President & CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing. … Under her leadership, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing has become our nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery.
Kevin Wayne Durant, also known simply by his initials KD, is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association
Michael P. Botticelli, is an American public health official who served as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from March 2014 until the end of President Obama’s term.
Denise Rolark-Barnes, is the Newspaper Publishing Executive for the Washington Informer. She is also the president of the District of Columbia chapter of AARP and is a member of the board of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the United Black Fund, Inc.
Councilmember Trayon White, is an American Democratic politician, currently serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing Ward 8 of the District of Columbia. Before entering politics, he worked as a grassroots organizer and activist in the communities he would later represent on the Council.
Councilmember Vincent Gray, is an American politician who served as the seventh Mayor of the District of Columbia from 2011 to 2015. On November 8, 2016, Vincent C. Gray was again elected to represent his home ward on the Council of the District of Columbia.
Councilmember Anita Bonds, is an American Democratic politician in Washington, D.C. She is an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia. She served as the Chair of the District of Columbia Democratic Party from 2006 to 2018.
Anthony Allen Williams, is an American politician who was the fifth mayor of the District of Columbia, for two terms, from 1999 to 2007. His predecessor had served twice, as the second and fourth mayor. Williams had previously served as chief financial officer for the District, managing to balance the budget and achieve a surplus within two years of appointment.
Dr. Oz, is arguably the most influential health professional in America. The Dr. Oz Show, which started in 2009, has an average audience of more than 4 million people each day in 118 countries. He has his own magazine (The Good Life) and syndicated columns that have run in the most widely read periodicals in North America. He has radio segments, about a dozen books, and the show’s website.
Dr. Sislena Grocer Ledbetter, University of the District of Columbia former host for the: A Health Mind program, is the past Director of Counseling and Student Development at the University of the District of Columbia.
Bobby Gailes, Radio Personality/WHUR 96.3 FM Host of Taking it to the Streets on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker.
Doreen Gentzler, is an American television news anchor. She anchors the news at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. She is the on-air spokesperson for the station’s successful NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, held each January at the Washington DC Convention Center.
Chris Gordon, is a longtime local TV news anchor and reporter in Washington, DC.
K. Lowery Moore, is a author and poet, who hosts The K. Lowery Moore Show on the Listen Vison . Com online radio station.
Legendary Mr. Gene Chandler (born Eugene Drake Dixon, is an American singer, songwriter, music producer, and record-label executive. Chandler is nicknamed “the Duke of Earl” or, simply, “the Duke.” He is best known for his most successful songs, “Duke of Earl” and “Groovy Situation”, and his association with the Dukays, the Impressions, and Curtis Mayfield.
MEET THE PIONEERS OF
Washington, DC GO-GO
Legendary Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliot Experience Unlimited E.U. (top left)
Legendary James “Jas.Funk” Thomas from Rare Essence (top right)
Legendary Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson Rare Essence (bottom left)
Legendary William “Ju-Ju” House Experience Unlimited E.U. (bottom right)
Legendary ~ Ralph Anwan Glover Big G from Back Yard Band
I have been so many places in my life and time. I have met people from both walks of life, blessed to have just be in their presence.
In this life be careful how you judge people lost to Co-Occurring Disorders.
For just like King David, you never know who has been chosen
through adversities to lead the way and be a voice of hope.