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Four Decades After Getting Home Rule, The Fight In D.C. Goes On

By: Martin Austermuhle
November 15, 2013


For a century D.C. residents had been governed by presidentially appointed commissioners and District Committees in the House and Senate, which decided everything from dog licensing laws to who became a D.C. police officer. That changed in December 1973, though, when President Richard Nixon signed the Home Rule Act, a bill granting the city an elected mayor and legislature.

The passage of the bill came against the backdrop of political and social changes brought on by the civil rights movement, with a black D.C. to delegate to Congress using both oratory and sheer political muscle to convince skeptical members of Congress that D.C. residents should be able to govern themselves.

But even though the Home Rule Act's passage was a historic step forward for the city, it also included political compromises that still dog D.C. to this day.

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Royal Height (Venro Records):  "The 2014 Howard University Homecoming Parade was a very special and grand event. Having the opportunity to be with FreeDC.Org and promoting DC Statehood Now made it even more exciting. Representing Venro Records and The DC Theme Song TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION , which I wrote and sang, was the music we marched to. The crowd was very responsive and we passed out a lot of literature about DC  As a Howard University Alumni(1972) I was proud to be a part of such a rich heritage and as a member of DC Statehood .org proud to march with them. I would like publicly thank Anise Jenkins and DC for their endorsement on my song and look to working to with them to promote their mission. "

Kymone Freeman (WeAct Radio): "I had a great time attending my very first HU Homecoming parade + politicizing it! The support from those in attendance and people we encountered in the neighborhoods were refreshing reminders of the inevitability of this growing issue. DC Statehood Now!"

Anise Jenkins (Howard Alum):  "Seeing and hearing the people join us chanting "Free DC!" and "Statehood NOW!" was inspiring!  A fun way to spread the word and to also see the support.  Thank you Evanna, Susan, Ms. Myeah, Kymone, little Kymone, Royal, Susan, Lino, Lisa and Joyce!"

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