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Now published by Denise Rolark Barnes, The Washington Informer Newspaper Co. Inc. is a multimedia organization founded on Oct. 16, 1964, by Dr. Calvin Rolark, in order to highlight positive images of African Americans. We continue to only do positive news, as we strive to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, and INFORM. We serve metropolitan Washington D.C., and are now reaching over 50,000 readers each week through our award-winning newspaper print edition; a weekly average of 50,000 sessions through our award-winning website; 7,500 weekly subscribers through our weekly email newsletter, and growing numbers through our social media. We are also the sponsors of the annual Washington Informer Spelling Bee.


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  1. My name is Genevieve Knowles Ungar. I read the Washington Information and use information for research in the newspaper. I am writing a story about my life to share with family, friends, and professional organizations. I will be in contact with you later. I was always impressed with Dr. Rolark, he stated, “If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me.”

  2. White Systemic Racism is being taken off of pedestals and statues removed from public display; during this time a complete examination of building and street names need to be revamped as well. In Washington, D.C. at Judiciary Square, the Superior Court building named after KKK John Marshall, Jefferson Davis Highway in Virginia and the murderer Cecil Rhodes aka Rhode Island Avenue; both of these routes are alternatively named “Route One. There is also Indian Head Way in Maryland.

    Since infrastructure is planned under 45 removing racist names and symbols could be a national project for students and adults and a learning experience and employment across the nation. During this time when 45 has been instrumental in embolden to racism, removing and renaming discrimination and bigotry might unite the country. Along with education of geographical, cultural, social studies of the multiracial societies (including the first people) of in America.

    The injustice of institutional racism from the Vatican to the White House including cops, priests, attorneys and teachers. It is time to exhale.

  3. Ms. Rolark & co.: My name is Mark Rose and I’m a reporter for the Maryland Reporter. I have recently started covering Prince George’s Co. for the website/newsletter, and would like to be in contact with Washington Informer frequently, in large part because you know the Prince George’s area a lot better and for a lot longer than we do.
    We at Maryland Reporter focus on the state legislature in Annapolis and Prince George’s happenings that make their way there and what the delegation from PG brings legislatively to the county

    Right now I plan to do a story about the Hispanic community in Prince George’s emergence into mainstream politics, and am looking for any guidance in the way of stories and/or general info you could share with me to get me pointed the right direction.

    This is a part-time gig for me, but I’m taking it pretty seriously and enjoying it. Any help/guidance would be appreciated. Thanks.

  4. Please change the name of the Pastor for Salem Baptist Church, 917 N Street, NW, Washington, DC from Reverend Alonzo David Hart, Jr., to Reverend David McIntosh-Peters Thanks Irving W. Wilson, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Deacons

  5. Good Afternoon Washington Informer! We’d love to invite you to visit us & learn more about DMV NSBE, Jr (a youth chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers) our youth STEM non-profit happening at Howard University. We have full circle mentoring where our students are mentored by HU engineering & math majors and they are in turn mentored by Microsoft & Engineering Professionals in our organization. We hope to hear from someone soon!

  6. Hi Washington Informer Editors,
    I am a freelance journalist and graduate student at UMD’s Merrill College. I wrote a story about homelessness and COVID-19 in Washington, DC that I would love to get published– I believe I’ve written something unique, approaching the topic from a historical perspective… specifically addressing how systemic racism has created an intersectional crisis between homelessness and coronavirus for black individuals in DC.
    I would love to send along this article if you would like to take a look. Thank you so much for your time, and I hope to hear from you! 
    Thank you,
    Gracie Todd

  7. This title is one reason racism lices: “Black Woman May Have Discovered Cure to Coronavirus”. Why cant it just say “Woman may have discovered cure ti coronavirus “. Especially since her picture is shown.

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