This Month: Statehood & New Columbia

What does the 115th Congress have in store for the District of Columbia? On 03 January 2017, the first session of that legislative body meets. Up until recently, Congress has used the District as a laboratory of democracy, conducting social experiments. Will the District accept these changes, or revive its historic effort to achieve the status of a sovereign state?

Join the conversation 6:30-8:30pm on April 6th at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

This month’s panelists include Dr. Janette Hoston Harris, City Historian for Washington, DC, Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown, and Eugene Kinlow, Director of Federal and Regional Affairs with the executive office of Mayor Bowser.

Janette Hoston Harris, PhD

Dr. Harris was the first City Historian for the District of Columbia. She was appointed by Mayor Marion Barry in 1998 and has served Mayors Fenty, Williams, Gray and Bowser of Washington, DC . She is Founder and President of the Washington, DC Hall of Fame Society, and a former consultant on the Carter G. Woodson Historical Home which is administered by the National Park Service. She was appointed by Mayor Gray as a Commissioner on the African-American Affairs Commission and Historian-In-Residence. She was appointed by Mayor Bowser to serve as a Commissioner on the Marion Barry Commission and the Commissioner on African American Affairs.

Dr. Harris made history as the first Second Vice President of the Statehood Constitutional Convention and takes pride in assisting in the writing of the first State Constitution of New Columbia. A prominent historian and writer, Dr. Harris served as National President of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH) and was the first female historian to serve. She earned a MA and Ph.D. from Howard University in African American and United States histories. She currently serves on the Marion Barry Commemorative Commission.

Michael D. Brown

Senator Michael D. Brown is the junior United States Senator for the District of Columbia. Over the past 40 years, U.S. Senator Michael D. Brown has been involved in many local and national political campaigns—including seven presidential campaigns. Michael Brown was the president of Horizon Communications, a Washington-based political consulting firm, which he started and managed for 25 years. Senator Brown has also been involved in the past 11 consecutive Democratic National Conventions including being a Hillary Clinton super-delegate in 2016. On November 6, 2012, Senator Brown was re-elected with nearly 207,000 votes—more votes than eight senators who currently serve in the U.S. Senate. The senator was on the staff of the Democratic National Committee and was a community activist and advisory neighborhood commissioner in his hometown of Washington, DC. Brown is a proud member of the Democratic Party where he is an elected committeeman. He received his BA and MA from the University of Maryland.

In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama said, “Even without a vote, Senator Brown has always been a strong advocate for the rights of DC residents.” Brown serves as one of the five members of the New Columbia Statehood Commission. Along with DC’s nonvoting delegate, the mayor, the DC Council chairman and the DC Congressional Delegation, Senator Brown works to advance the interests of local residents on federal issues. Brown is chairman of the Statehood No Other Way Foundation, a nonprofit that helps raise money and awareness for the DC statehood movement. In addition, he is the co-host of a weekly call-in radio show, Shadow Politics, which has been on the Internet for the past four years.

Eugene Kinlow

Kinlow manages federal and regional affairs of the agency by ensuring the coordination and integration of the Mayor’s legislative agenda to support the District’s growth through strategic alignment of the Mayor’s priorities through advocacy and executing the political agenda through proactive measures. He directs a team of policy analysts and leads the creation and execution of specific government affairs strategies to ensure an increased understanding of the unique and strategic positioning of the District to regional affairs and continue to build the District’s reputation of high integrity, competitive leadership, and sustained performance. He also builds strong relationships with senior business leaders to align and communicate priorities of the Mayor’s legislative agenda.

What is Humanitini?

Humanitini is an exciting happy hour event where Washington’s movers, shakers, and creators come together to think and drink. It is a place for you to engage with your peers, meet your neighbors, and speak with experts about what makes our city a unique place to live and play.

What is your DC?

DC has always been a city of change, forward-thinking even as we struggle with and celebrate the complexities of our past. Now, our city is evolving faster than ever before, and we want to capture the excitement of our vibrant communities where culture is created every day. Join us for the 2017 Humanitini series as we explore our city and ask the question: “What is your DC?”