Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Nominate a Brooklander for Statuary Hall

Dan reported to the Brookland listserv:

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will commemorate two prominent Washingtonians in sculpture in National Statuary Hall and is seeking nominations from the public. Nominees must have significantly distinguished themselves for their civic, military, or historic renown in the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission will select two Washingtonians from the nominations submitted for the honor. All nominations must be received by Friday, April 28, 2006. They have a list of candidates.

Brooklanders have an opportunity to honor one of our most distinguished neighbors. Sterling Brown lived in Brooklandfor the majority of his life. He was a poet and teacher at Howard University. Although he is often associated with the Harlem Renaissance, he actually lived in DC during that period. He was a cultural influence on so many people. BAWA (Brookland Area Writers and Artists) holds a Sterling Brown Invitational reading honoring Brown each September. His house on Kearney was honored by the city a few years back with a small plaque commemorating it as "The Poet's House." Brown was the city's first Poet Laureate. A very solid case can be made for Brown's inclusion to Statuary Hall. Unlike many of the well-known candidates (Langston Hughes & Duke Ellington for example) Brown not only was born in DC but spent the majority of his creative life in Washington, DC.

Vote today.

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