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Current Grant Opportunities | dslbd
Current Grant Opportunities | dslbd

Current Grant Opportunities | dslbd

2021 Citywide Robust Retail Grants (NOFA & RFA) The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2021 Robust Retail: Citywide grants starting December 7, 2020 and closing January 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST.

District Bridges

District Bridges

Did you know you could win one of 15+ incredible prizes from local businesses across the District by participating in our citywide DC Holiday Lights (Virtual) Scavenger Hunt—like a $100 gift card to Allan Woods Flowers on Woodley Park Main Street?

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District Bridges

District Bridges

The Restaurant Bridge Fund will provide competitive grants to eligible restaurant and food services establishments that have experienced significant economic distress due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The application closes on Monday, December 28, at 5:00 PM EST.

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Emergence Community Arts

Emergence Community Arts

Jamaican Nationals Association of DC Metro Area

Jamaican Nationals Association of DC Metro Area

History - The Washington › history
A massive new effort to name millions sold into bondage during the transatlantic slave trade., the free database launched Tuesday, will allow ...

Dec. 1, 2020 at 12:34 p.m. EST
Daryle Williams was emotionally torn, pushing the decision right up against deadline. As a history professor at the University of Maryland, Williams had been researching the slave trade in 19th-century Brazil when he came upon two newspaper ads featuring runaway Africans. One mentioned a mother, Sancha, escaping with her two sons — Luis, 9, and Tiburcio, 4 — in 1855. The other referenced a young woman, Theresa, who fled with her nursing daughter in 1842.

Tasked with entering his findings into what has become part of a groundbreaking new public slavery database, Williams was unsure about what to do. Should he create a separate line for the baby, even without a name?
“From one database perspective, I could have erased her” from the record, Williams said. And yet, even anonymous, the baby ”was part of the lived historical experience. … She was important for Theresa. She should be important for us as well.”

In mid-November, Williams carved out a spot — an act of hope that over time and with the labor of others, the baby’s identity might one day be revealed.
That infant girl, one tiny dot in the vast constellation of Africans swept into the transatlantic slave trade, is included in a massive project aimed at illuminating the lives of the 12.5 million Africans, and their descendants, sold into bondage across four continents.

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade, a free, public clearinghouse that launched Tuesday with seven smaller, searchable databases, will for the first time allow anyone from academic historians to amateur family genealogists to search for individual enslaved people around the globe in one central online location.

It launches four centuries after the first enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of the English colony of Virginia in 1619. By then, the transatlantic slave trade was already more than a century old. Directed by data scientists at Michigan State University and four principal investigators, including Williams at U-Md., the project debuted with information about 500,000 named enslaved people and their circumstances, collected by some of the world’s foremost historians of slavery. More records of enslaved people, ethnic groups, populations and places will be entered over time as partnerships are forged with academics, archives, museums and other repositories of information.

As it evolves,, founded with a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “will revolutionize our access to the past lives and experiences of our enslaved ancestors more dramatically and more definitively than any other research project,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a partner in the project.

At a time when the United States is grappling with its slave-owning past, the project also has the potential to help the nation more fully face its history, Gates said.
“We cannot right the wrongs of the present without a fuller and deeper knowledge of the slave past, which is such an important part of American history, inextricably intertwined with the noble ideas embodied in our founding documents,” he said. “… Until now so much of the historic record has been buried or available in fragments.”

For centuries, the lived experiences of enslaved people were overshadowed by numbers: the 350-year slave trade, more than 43,000 transatlantic voyages, 12.5 million Africans forced onto European and American slave ships, only 10.8 million of whom survived the Middle Passage to arrive on foreign shores.
Brazil received the most enslaved Africans: 4.9 million. Just 388,000 arrived in North America, although by 1860 nearly 4 million lived in bondage in the United States. Human identity often took a back seat, especially in non-Catholic jurisdictions, to the monetary value and commercial description of enslaved people, found in tax registers, probate and insurance records, lawsuits, bills of sale

But in the past decade, mounting research on the slave trade and the power of technology have converged. The intersection comes amid a burgeoning public desire to understand enslaved people not as numbers but as human beings.
She was raped by the owner of a notorious slave jail. Later, she inherited it.
“We’re just at the point of recovering all these names where we can pull together several million names over the next few years. That’s going to be quite possible,” Rehberger said. “There’s millions and millions and millions more names still locked up in documents.”
The origins of can be traced back several years ago to a collaboration between Walter Hawthorne, a historian of slavery at Michigan State and a principal investigator, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, a historian of slavery in Louisiana.
The two reached out to Williams, who like Hawthorne had developed a robust database of enslaved people in Brazil, with the idea of creating a centralized online project that would allow researchers to cross-pollinate their findings. The team brainstormed the idea with Rehberger and then discussed it with Earl Lewis, who at the time was president of the Mellon Foundation. Lewis brought Gates and David Eltis, a slave-trade historian at Emory University, on board. All along, the idea for the project grew more ambitious, adding the contributions of more scholars over time.
The Brazilian databases and Hall’s — a compendium of about 100,000 enslaved people in Louisiana — are included in the project’s inaugural databases. also includes 75 biographical stories from Biographies of the Enslaved, a project of the Hutchins Center, and the Slave Voyages Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database, co-developed by Eltis, among others. About 30 more databases will be added over the next year, including collections from the Library of Virginia, the Maryland State Archives and the Oatlands Historic House and Garden in Leesburg, Va., a former working plantation once owned by wealthy enslaver George Carter, Rehberger said.
The founders of hope that the open-platform access will help banish the common notion of one-dimensional enslaved people who worked anonymously on plantations, suffered and died. Many enslaved people were greatly skilled — for example, bringing sophisticated knowledge of rice production to the lowlands of Georgia and South Carolina and northeastern Brazil.
“Their knowledge was used to oppress them, but they also contributed greatly to the development of North America” and other slave-holding regions, Hawthorne said.
AD uses a powerful database similar to those used by Wikipedia and Yelp to surface information in what is known as the Semantic Web. Through a computing technique called the “semantic triple,” the information is entered in three-part sentences, with a subject, a predicate and an object. “The simplest triple would be something like ‘Maria born 1830,’ then ‘Maria baptized 1834’ and ‘Maria married 1849,’” Rehberger said. Triples can be gleaned from any article, register or biography and then linked with other information in a sprawling network known as a “triplestore.”
A researcher can cross-reference names, places, events and dates and discover that multiple documents are referring to the same human being. Each data point tracks back to the original source, providing opportunities to learn more of the context of the enslaved person’s life.

An ad in the Baltimore Sun in November 1855 offering a $100 reward for the return of a runaway enslaved man. (Maryland State Archives/
“It’s not just about a name. It’s not just about a date. It’s not just a piece of evidence. You want people to experience the context,” Rehberger said. “It’s like all the moments in a person’s life. … You have all these little facts, and then you have to weave them together into a meaningful story.”
The ability to find names of enslaved people varies depending on where they were enslaved. The Catholics who settled in Louisiana or Brazil, for example, baptized enslaved Africans and gave them Christian names. In British colonies, where enslaved people were regarded almost entirely as property, names were less likely to be recorded. The 1870 federal census, the first after emancipation, was a boon to researchers because it was the first to have names of former slaves.
The project could also be of great value to family historians, who will be able to access the research of top scholars for free, Williams said. A digital academic journal that launched in tandem will include resources for family historians and provide peer review for academic contributions to the project. The team is exploring a partnership with FamilySearch, a free genealogy database run by the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Even with expert knowledge of his own family tree, Gates is excited to see what more he might learn about his ancestors as new data collections move into He descends, he said, from freed slaves in Virginia and has been able to identify three sets of fourth great-grandparents. All of them lived within 30 miles of where Gates grew up in Piedmont, W.Va., which was once part of the state of Virginia.
For Gates, there’s no such thing as enough information. Soon to be part of A Library of Virginia database of tax records for more than 50,000 free Black people who lived in Virginia between 1793 and 1866. They will include information about gender, age, family, relationships and even physical descriptions, he said. And of course, Gates hopes to find out how much his ancestors paid in taxes.
“That’s gold,” he said.

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They were once America’s cruelest, richest slave traders. Why does no one know their names?
The bogus U.S. census numbers showing slavery’s ‘wonderful influence’ on the enslaved

ZooLights Express
ZooLights Express

ZooLights Express

The 24-foot ZooLights Express truck, festively decorated with light displays and featuring “Panda Claws,” will hit the road and visit one Washington, D.C., ward each Friday and Saturday night from 6-8 p.m.

ZooLights Express
ZooLights Express

ZooLights Express

The 24-foot ZooLights Express truck, festively decorated with light displays and featuring “Panda Claws,” will hit the road and visit one Washington, D.C., ward each Friday and Saturday night from 6-8 p.m.

Dear Friends,Please see below for an announcement regarding the closing of our museums to the public as of Monday, Novem...

Dear Friends,

Please see below for an announcement regarding the closing of our museums to the public as of Monday, November 23. We will continue to keep you updated. Please note that any visitors who had reserved timed-entry passes to visit at a future date are being contacted directly.

Be safe and well, and thank you for supporting your Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo to Close Nov. 23

Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23. This will impact the eight Smithsonian facilities in the Washington, D.C., region that had reopened to the public to date. Due to the changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a reopening date at this time.

The Institution’s top priority is to protect the health and safety of its visitors and staff. We will use this time to reassess, monitor and explore additional risk-mitigation measures. We are closely monitoring guidance from local governments, public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Visitors who had reserved timed-entry passes to visit at a future date are being contacted directly. Visit our website or follow the Smithsonian on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

While the museums are closed, we invite you to explore the Smithsonian’s vast online resources including virtual exhibitions, online collections and educational materials.

Jamaican Nationals Association of DC Metro Area

Jamaican Nationals Association of DC Metro Area

Georgia Avenue Business Alliance (GABA)

Georgia Avenue Business Alliance (GABA)

D.C. launches $100 million grant program to help businesses › local › 2020/11/18
20 hours ago — D.C. launches $100 million grant program for hard-hit businesses ... Sputtering summer sales, dwindling federal aid cripple D.C.'s small businesses ... Association of Washington and co-chair of the ReOpen DC committee. AD.

Institute of Caribbean Studies

Institute of Caribbean Studies

Its that time of year again, where we come out to celebrate excellence at the 27th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala. These are the honorees chosen this year for their outstanding work and achievements. Come join us as we give them their flowers and celebrate with them .

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#gala2020 #awards #caribbean #caribbeanculture #honorees #AnayaWillabus #AndreaMckenzie #MicheleJawando #NicholasBrathwaite #FrederickMorton #SwinburneAugstine #DavidLammy #ShellyAnnFraserPryce #DonWehby #Tempo #dehabroad #jamaicaonlinetv #purejamaica #caribnews #jamaicansdotcom #caibbeanriddims #caribnationtv #caribvision #caribbeanexchange

Care for Creatives Community Conversation: Understanding Trauma Available for Streaming!Welcome to Care for Creatives Co...
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Care for Creatives Community Conversation: Understanding Trauma Available for Streaming!
Welcome to Care for Creatives Community Conversations - an on-demand series of conversations focused on supporting your mental health. Developed by your DC Creative Affairs Office, the series launches today! Meet us online for our first conversation about understanding trauma

“Washington, DC is a diverse and inclusive city with a thriving creative economy – one that we are committed to supporting by investing in and strengthening our arts and culture scenes.”Muriel BowserMayor, District of Columbia Mural: The Colors of Her by Rose Jaffe WelcomeWelcome to your Cre...

Emergence Community Arts

Emergence Community Arts

Congresswoman Norton’s D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys is pleased to present a panel on entrepreneurship for Black Men and Boys. Come and learn from successful Black entrepreneurs, the SBA and D.C. Small Business Development Organizations on how to launch a business.

What: The Start Up Revolution: How Black Men and Boys can Explore Entrepreneurship and Leverage Job Creating Opportunities

When: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

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To RSVP: Please email Congresswoman Norton’s office at [email protected]

NCAFFA - Caribbean Food Alliance

NCAFFA - Caribbean Food Alliance

Visit Guyana

Visit Guyana

Food that make us go “YES PLEASE” 😋😋

**Seven curry consists of seven different vegetable curries served at the end of a religious hindu special events or ceremonies such as weddings. The Seven virtues include pumpkin, Katahar, channa, eggplant, calaloo, dhal & eddo

It's traditionally served in a lotus leaf & eaten with your fingers.



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ESTABLISHMENT: There is hereby established in the Executive Branch of the Government of the District of Columbia, the Mayor's Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs (hereinafter referred to as the "Commission"). PURPOSE: The Commission shall advise the Mayor and the Director of Community Affairs as appropriate on issues, matters, concerns, methods and views that are designed to strengthen and enhance the educational, social, cultural and economic life of the District by building and fostering enhanced relationships between the District of Columbia and communities of individuals from nations in the Caribbean who reside in the District of Columbia. ###

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