Local Author Ruben Castaneda

Author Talk with Ruben Castaneda

In the fall of 1989 as crack war violence turned dozens of DC neighborhoods into combat zones, Ruben Castaneda joined The Washington Post to work as a night police reporter. He raced to murder scenes and got to know street cops, detectives, gangsters, and hustlers. He also fed the pathology by buying large volumes of crack. During his first two years in DC, Ruben was an active crack addict who contributed to the pathology he was chronicling.  
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Mary Lincoln: She Got a Bad Rap

The Peabody Room (3rd floor) presents Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to USNEWS.com, who will discuss how history has unfairly looked down upon Mary Lincoln.
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"Marching Along with John Philip Sousa"

Come and enjoy a one-man show written and performed by local actor Dwane Starlin, drawing from Sousa's body of personal papers, letters, recordings, and biographies and in celebration of Sousa's birthday, November 6, 1854.
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Lecture: The Underground Railroad in the District of Columbia

In honor of Black History Month, internationally noted lecturer, author and historian C.R. Gibbs will present "The Underground Railroad in the District of Columbia," a lecture in which he highlights the trapdoors, church basements, conductors and stations of the "Liberty Line" that ran through Washington, DC.
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DC Public Library presents Kevin Powell

Join DC Public Library in welcoming critically acclaimed journalist, poet, and activist Kevin Powel as he talks about his 12th book. The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood is a poignant memoir that takes readers on the transformative journey from his turbulent, impoverished youth in Jersey City, NJ to the accomplished man his has become today. Books will be available courtesy of Politics & Prose Bookstore. Mr. Powell will sign copies following his talk. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Dr. King: His Impact on My Life

Wendy L. Pohlhaus, Executive Assistant for External Affairs at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, discusses the legacy of Dr. King and  explains how the civil rights leader played an important role in her life and career.

Crime Prevention in the District of Columbia

Safe neighborhoods represent a major concern for District residents. Last year, there was a total of 105 killings in the city.  According to the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) District Crime Data at a Glance, this year's homicide count stands at 124 as of October 19, 2015 with two months remaining in the calendar year.    What are the causes of violence in the District of Columbia? Has MPD initiatied any new strategies aimed at reducing homicides?
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Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster and the African-American Deaf Mission in Washington, DC

Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster and the African-American Deaf Mission in Washington, DC with Dr. Isaac O. Agboola, Interim Dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, Gallaudet University and Judy C. Williams, Historian, Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, DC GREAT HALL Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Questions?  Contact Center for Accessibility,  (202) 727-2142 or lbph.dcpl@dc.gov

Book Hill Talks: Judaism in Transition Book Signing

Economist Carmel Chiswick of George Washington University will be on hand to discuss her highly acclaimed book, Judaism in Transition - an examination of the relationships of economics and religion.
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Retirement Cafe

Open-ended discussion of retirement and related issues--life planning, finances, health care, estate planning--you name it--with coffee and sweets--to raise awareness of retirement as a new stage of life and more, for retirees and for those about to retire!