Hello…I am Lois Cooper. Founder and Director of the The District of Columbia African American Legacy Foundation (DCAALF). This grassroots organization was created to, inform, transform, connect communities and serve the underserved .
Beneath the pageantry, the pomp, and the transient population that changes with each administration is a group of residents that call DC home. Residents like me, who were born in DC General Hospital, went to DC public schools, and played jump rope in front of my North West residence. During the summer we went to vacation bible school and enjoyed cook outs at Haines Point, Rock Creek Park, and Fort DuPont. We gathered at summer in the park concerts and looked forward to the shows at Carter Baron. Yes, DC is home for me.
I’ve done some traveling and have found no place that offers the unique experience to the population the way DC does. DC has that big city flavor and small town proximity. No wonder so many want to call DC “home”. Transportation is convenient and it’s political power and connections are unmatched in the world.
After the 1968 riots many people blacks and whites took flight to the surrounding suburbs. Some stayed with the belief that one day our city would rise like the phoenix from the ashes to live out its true creed of being a beacon of light to all.
That day has come, Washington has transformed to an ultra-modern oasis with all the amenities that any resident could ask for. New businesses are attracting new residents who in turn are fueling the local economy and growth. The truth is Washington’s resurgence is being fueled by gentrification.
Not all residents are likely to benefit from the metamorphous. A large portion of DC’s African American population will be nudged out by the escalating cost of residential living and current condo construction and development. Native Washingtonians have seen this play out before in Georgetown and the displacement of African American residents in the South West Washington’s Urban Renewal Project.
DCAALF’s mission is to inform, transform, connect communities and serve the under served. Using a a unique blend of storytelling, technology/social media, education and interactive engagement we will share stories , legacy and history with all communities, cities and virtually the world. www.dcaalf.org is our platform you can like us @ facebook.com/dcaalf Log on and get a native’s perspective. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org follow us on twitter and instagram @dcaalf.
~Peace and Blessings to All