his second edition of Who’s Who In Black Washington, D.C.® is a continuation of a dream to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of African Americans and the large Washington, D.C., community that appreciates and values all we do to make the District of Columbia great. This edition is a continuation of a great story about men and women who came before us, worked hard and made sacrifices so that we would be able to pass on greater opportunities for success to the next generation. Washington, D.C. has a strong history of people working together and supporting each other for the betterment of our community.
Our community, like many others, endured the impact of a downturned economy and many social ills that people face, but we continue to come together each day to improve the quality of life in Washington, D.C. This edition is a celebration of opportunities, personal triumphs and victories of each person included in it. The second edition of Who’s Who In Black Washington, D.C.® will be a continuation of the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, who wrote the foreword for the 2009 inaugural edition.
Dr. Height’s legacy of giving and providing leadership for the betterment of human kind is one that must be passed on. Her focus on education and service provided a strong foundation to help prepare African-American women for positions at the table in leadership roles. Not only would their voices be heard, but the impact of their service would change policies and the quality of life in our communities. In celebrating our achievements, we now have a great opportunity to be strong role models for our young brothers and sisters. That old saying “Each one teach one” still holds true today.
Our young folks will “Be what they can see,” so it is our responsibility to work with our young folks to make sure that high school and college graduation rates increase, crime rates in our communities are reduced, the impact of HIV/AIDS is confronted, and that we teach our young people the importance of being responsible and respectful. I want to thank Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, for her valued support and agreeing to pen the foreword for this edition.
To Hiram Jackson, chief executive officer of Real Times Media, Cassandra Bozeman, chief operations officer, Ernie Sullivan, executive vice president, and John Glover and Dianna E. Waters, account executives, and the entire staff at Who’s Who, a special thank you for your leadership and support to make this edition a success.
I must also thank our sponsors and advertisers for their ongoing support and faith in the team at Who’s Who Publishing Company. We truly value you for your commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the betterment for all citizens in our great city. Thank you! I was blessed to have a strong, God loving mother, Jessie Lee Womack, who worked hard and raised ten children in Greenville, Alabama. My mother taught us the values of giving and being of service. I had in my life, my own Dr. Height, before I heard her name or had the opportunity to meet her in the early 90s.
As we celebrate Dr. Height’s life and legacy in this edition, we also celebrate the life of all the strong, hard working, loving and giving African-American women who have made a positive impact on our lives and changed the lives of so many. Please enjoy this second edition of Who’s Who In Black Washington, D.C.®. Share it with others, for truly, the story continues… Sincerely, Carter D. Womack