Road School Alumni Presentations
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Annual Prayer Breakfast 2019
Road School Alumni Presentations
“The Importance of Prayer” was this year’s theme at MRSPT’s Annual Prayer breakfast held at the St. Luke Baptist Church in northwest DC. Minister Alan Cole of the First Baptist Church of Mount Rainier offered Meditations reflecting upon prayer’s significance in today’s world and host pastor, Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis, as well as Rev. Dr. Melvin D. Wallace
of the Helping Hands Community Ministries in Washington, DC, also offered prayers. Among this year’s guests were Ms. Carolyn Baker, a first-time attendee who is the Treasurer for the Daughters of Union Veterans, and Mrs. Doris Taylor, who taught at the Military Road School from 1952 until it closed in 1954, pictured with alumni who were also program participants.
On Friday, May 10th, MRSPT Board members were joined by other attendees who share a commitment to recognize and honor the legacy of civil activist and educator Nannie Helen Burroughs at the site of her former school in northeast Washington, DC. In addition to the wreath laying ceremony, Ms. Kimberly Springle, Director, Archivist, and Curator for the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, shared highlights from her thesis on Miss
Nannie Helen Burroughs Observance Day
Burroughs as well as interesting and significant facts about her life’s work. Because uncertain weather conditions were a factor for many who had planned to attend, MRSPT has invited Ms. Springle to return in 2020 for next year’s event, which would be scheduled to coincide with the date of May 10, 1975, officially declared by D.C. Mayor Walter Washington as Nannie Helen Burroughs Day.
Mapping Segregation in Washington DC
MRSPT sponsored its annual Prayer Breakfast at the St. Luke Baptist Church on Saturday March 19th. This year’s theme: “Fervent Prayer” was communicated through several attendees who shared the meaning of prayer in their lives. The Owens Sisters of the St. Paul AME Church provided special music and Pastor Ronald E. Jones (Pastor of Community at Forcey Bible Church, Silver Spring, MD), host Pastor Aubrey C. Lewis of St. Luke and Rev. Dr. Melvin D. Wallace (Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.) offered prayers befitting the occasion.
January & February
In response to an invitation by the DC Public Library System in connection with their observances of Martin Luther King, Jr., Week and Black History Month, Military Road School alumni shared their personal experiences as students while attending this historic institution. These special presentations were held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, Georgetown Neighborhood Library and Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library.
Two alumni also gave presentations at both campuses of the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Charter School—one of which is located in the historic Military Road School building. LAMB students interviewed Military Road School alumni about their experiences.
MRPST Scholarship Receipients 2018
Rock Creek Park Day
The National Park Service celebrated Rock Creek Park Day at a portion of the Fort Totten Battleground site located along South In partnership with the National Park Service, MRSPT held the annual commemoration of Lincoln-Thomas Day, which celebrates the unlikely but historically significant Civil War-related alliance between President Abraham Lincoln and Brightwood resident Mrs. Elizabeth Proctor Thomas. This year’s program participants included theJROTC of the Anacostia High School, Military Road School alumnus Mrs. Beatrice Liggins, The Montgomery Blair High School’s Chamber Choir, and local actress Ms. Donise Stevens, who portrayed Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas andDr. Matthew Palus, Senior Archaeologist of the Ottery Group, Inc., who gave a special presentation with respect to historic findings recently uncovered on the grounds of the Emory United Methodist Church site. Dakota Avenue in northeast D.C. Because of the Military Road School’s Civil War connection with Fort Stevens, MRSPT hosted an exhibit table at which a number of visitors learned about the School’s history and our endeavors to share its legacy.
Annual Membership Meeting
MRSPT held its Annual Membership at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives at which MRSPT Officers were elected as well as members of the Board of Directors. We were pleased to welcome long-time supporters Michael DuBose and Peter Kissel to the Board.
This year’s recipients of the Military Road School Donnessa Lucas Memorial Scholarship Fund awards [l-r Arica Shepherd, Philip O’Sullivan and Samantha O’Sullivan] were introduced at a reception held at the Juanita E. Thornton Shepherd Park Library in northwest D.C. Ms. Karen Lucas, a granddaughter of Mrs. Donnessa Lucas, attended this event along with other family members and also assisted with the presentation of award certificates.