Dancing with the Scholars V: November 14, 2015.
William O. Lockridge Honored by the Community He Served: Every Hero Has A Story
“DANCING WITH THE SCHOLARS IV”
THE WILLIAM O. LOCKRIDGE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
SHAPES FUTURE LEADERS IN SE WASHINGTON, DC
On Saturday evening, November 8, 2014, over two hundred elected officials, family members, friends, and former colleagues of the late William O’Neal Lockridge gathered at THEARC in SE Washington for the “Dancing with the Scholars IV” fundraiser. The much anticipated premiere community event raises funds to support both domestic and international programs of the William O. Lockridge Community Foundation (WOLCF).
The Master of Ceremony was Ward 8’s very own Trayon White, a former member of the DC State Board of Education (SBOE). A highlight of the evening was a special performance by Ayanna Gregory, the daughter of civil rights activist and humanitarian Dick Gregory. The evening’s format was inspired after TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” hit television program, and provided an evening of entertainment and laughter for a worthy cause. Comedian Laughin Lenny performed and had all in attendance as well as all back stage doubled over with laughter. In fact the audience did not want him to leave the stage.
The theme was the “Harlem Renaissance” and all of the participants, board and committee members were dressed in clothes representative of that era in African-American history, including hats, gloves, suspenders, three-piece suits and flapper cocktail dresses.
Said Stefan Lockridge, the son of William and Wanda Lockridge: “This year’s Dancing with the Scholars was especially meaningful for me. I produced and performed a tribute song to my dad, entitled “Inspiration”. He always believed in me and my love for music. This year, I shared my gift with the members for audience.”
Three students (Emani Johnson, Anacostia High School; DeMetrius Morgan, Ballou High School; and Dontre Jackson, Woodson High School) from Wards 7 and 8 were paired with DC State Board of Education representatives Karen Williams, Ward 7; and Tierra Jolly, Ward 8) to compete for the “William O. Lockridge Spreading Your Wings Award.” The winners were DeMetrius Morgan and Tierra Jolly. Each student participant received a tablet. In addition, the winner received a $100 Visa gift card.
According to student winner DeMetrius Morgan of Ballou High School, “Honestly my experience was great. Not only did I get a chance to meet new people. I also got to beat the dance floor with my partner and enjoy putting smiles on the faces of those in the audience. Not to mention, I got to dance and be judged by former Mayor Marion Barry. It was a humbling experience because it taught me how even though my partner and I won, all of the performers were winners as well.”
The judging panel was comprised of elected officials Councilmember Phil Mendelson, Chairman; Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Ward 7; and in what would tragically turn out to be one of his last public appearances, the late Councilmember Marion Barry, Ward 8.
Stated Wanda Lockridge on the sudden passing of the late Councilmember and “Mayor for Life,” “Marion was not only my Mayor and Councilmember. He was my friend for over 30 years. He was an avid supporter of the WOLCF. I will miss Marion, but am comforted with the knowledge that the District of Columbia is a better place because he walked amongst us.”
Reflecting on the evening, SBOE member Tierra Jolly said: “It was a pleasure to help raise money for the WOLCF by participating in this year’s “Dancing with the Scholars” competition. I am glad that I helped Ballou win first place again this year. But at the end of the day, I am happy simply knowing that no matter the results, everyone who came out made it possible for a few more high school seniors to make their college dreams come true.”
The WOLCF was established shortly after the passing of William. O. Lockridge in January 2011 not only in his memory, but more importantly, as a community vehicle that will keep his legacy alive. William taught in the DC Public School system for 10 years, and served as a member of the DC Board of Education, (now known as the State Board of Education), for more than 15 years. He was passionate about the importance of education in today’s society, and particularly, quality education in Wards 7 and 8.
For more information on the WOLCF, please visit the Foundation’s website (www.williamlockridgecommunityfoundation.org) or like us on Facebook at WilliamLockridgeCommunityFoundation.
The 6th Annual MLK Peace Walk in Ward 8
The William O. Lockridge Community Foundation participated in the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk. Founded by Keith Silver and Denise Rolark Barnes, the Peach March was pay homage to the great Dr. King.
In this time when gun control consumes the airwaves, civil rights leaders, celebrities, DC residents, community leaders and an many from across the nation walked in the Peace Walk remembering the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 years old on this, 19 day of January 2013.
Under the leadership of Lisa Shaw, the Peace Walk became one of President Obama Day of Service project. The Peach March extended approximately one mile up Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE from the United Black Fund to Shepard Park located at Martin Luther King Avenueand Malcolm X Blvd SE.
This year’s Peach March was significant and meaningful to many because the official federal holiday celebrating Dr. King’s birthday fell on the day that the first African American President,Barack Obama, was sworn in as President of the United States for a second term.
Many notables joined in the celebration, including DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Ward Eight State Board of Education representative Trayon White. Drumline Nick Cannon, civil rights activist Dick Gregory, and DC Senator Michael Brown.
Dancing with the Scholars II
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, The William O. Lockridge Community Foundation hosted the “Dancing with the Scholars II” fundraiser. The fundraiser is patterned after the hit television show “Dancing with the Stars.” Those in attendance watched students and elected officials dance and compete for the “William O. Lockridge Spread Your Wings Award.” The winners for the evening were the Hon. Trayon White (Ward 8 Representative for the DC State Board of Education) and his partner Tylashia Joner (a Junior at Frank W. Ballou Senior High School). State Board of Education Representative White was also the winner of the first Annual “Dancing with the Scholars” fundraiser..
In addition to Mr. White, others DC Board of Education Representatives competing were the Hon. Mark Jones (Ward 5) and the Hon. Dorothy Douglas (Ward 7). The judges for the evening were DC Council Representatives the Hon. Phil Mendelson (Chairman), the Hon. Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) and the Hon. Sandra “SS” Seegars (Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8E). Serving as Master and Mistress of Ceremony were DJ Flexx (Radio Personality, WPGC – 96.3) and Ms. LaToya Foster (Radio and TV Personality). In addition to Ms. Harris, other student dancers included Destiny Matthews (Anacostia Senior High School) and Malik Gant (Woodson Senior High School).
Prior to the competition, the program opened with three elementary aged students – “Out the Mouth of Babes – recited names of presidents, spelling words that some older students would have problems with; answering questions of community leaders and so much more. They were simply amazing. You had to be there to witness these amazing kids for yourself. And they said I kids cannot learn.
Other entertainment for the evening was provided by soloist Mr. David Johnson who dazzled the audience with his rendition of “I believe I Can Fly; followed by an amazing performance by Farafina Kan. The dance performance kept everyone entertained. After Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton offered memories of William, they surprised everyone in attendance with a competition of their own dancing to Chuck Brown’s hit son “Bustin’ Loose.” Ending the evening, Stefan Lockridge invited his mother, Wanda Lockridge, to the stage and they danced to one of William’s favorite songs, “Treat her like a Lady” by the Temptations.
The event concluded with a reception, great food and live entertainment. This could not have been possible without the board of directors, events committee members, volunteers, family, friends, donors/contributors and most importantly the sponsors.
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2012 WORLDWIDE DAY OF PLAY
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the William O. Lockridge Community Foundation (WOLCF) joined the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Nickelodeon Network and hosted several children of all ages from Ward 8 to celebrate the ninth 2012 Worldwide Day of Play.
The popular children’s network, Nickelodeon went “dark” and turned off programming for three hours as the WOLCF offered neighborhood children and their families a host of activities, including but not limited, to jump rope, dodge ball, kickball, and hopscotch. Healthy snack options like fruit and water fueled playtime activities. Wings Over America surprised everyone with a special presentation featuring the incredible Eurasian Eagle Owl named Whoot!
Offering these activities at the Lockridge Field, located at Wheeler Road and Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington DC, not only allowed the Foundation to promote the rights of children to play, but also that the concept that outdoor play is crucial for children’s health, well-being and happiness.
Every state across the U.S. and over 20 countries participated in the 2012 Worldwide Day of Play, with over 3,000 activities planned nationwide.
The Lockridge Foundation will again host a day of activities to celebrate the 2013 Worldwide Day of Play. Stay tuned for further details.
World Wide Day of Play
Last year 50,000 kids and families celebrated the World Wide Day of Play here in the Nation’s Capitol.
The William O Lockridge Community Foundation (WOLCF) needs your help as we continue
this initiative focused on getting kids to go outside and play.
Every year, Nickelodeon goes “dark” and turns off all programming for (3) hours to encourage turning off the television and enjoy some good old-fashioned Vitamin D. WOLCF will join all 50 states and over 20 countries in celebrating the World Wide Day of Play.
Date: Oct 6th 2012
Time: 11am -3pm
Location: Oxon Run Park
*Special Presentation by “Wings over America” at 12:00 p.m.
There are a number of ways your class or group can participate
1) Fundraising ideas: Would your class or group like to set up a concession stand with chips, candy and drinks? Or maybe set up a photo booth/ stand to capture special memories from Play Day? Does your group have pompoms or whistles for sale that could add to the fun of
2) Pre-register to confirm your participation in organized games of the day?
3) Just Show up!!
Kickball game, tug of war, double-dutch contest, and hop scotch to name a few
Dancing with the Scholars II
“Dancing with the Scholars II” event will take place at TheARC, on Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Last year’s inaugural “Dancing with the Scholars” fundraiser allowed the Foundation to offer scholarships to six deserving college bound students for the 2012-2013 academic school year. The scholarships ranged from $1,500.00 to $2,000.00.
This November 10th, the Foundation will continue its momentum in closing the educational gap for students from Wards 7 and 8. Funds raised will result in scholarship assistance being offered to other deserving students preparing for college. We will offer guests an even more exciting, witting and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Once again, three students from Wards 7 and 8 public high schools and three State Board of Education representatives will compete for the “William O. Lockridge Spread Your Wings Award.” The winning student and representative will be determined by a panel of elected official judges.
Hope to see you there.