Watha T. Daniel (1911 – December 8, 1973) was the first chairman of the DC Model Cities Commissionand long time civic activist in the Shaw Neighborhood of Washington, D.C. He was a master plumber by profession, and he served as chairman of the D.C. Plumbing Board.
Daniel graduated from St. Paul's Polytechnic Institute, now St. Paul's College, in Lawrenceville, Virginia in 1930. After serving his time as a journeyman plumber he moved to Washington, D.C. in 1935. In 1940 he became one of the first African-Americans to be licensed as a master plumber in the District of Columbia. During World War II Daniel served as a pipe fitting supervisor for the Kaiser Co. in Seattle, Washington, Shipyards. He returned to Washington, DC, after the war was over and opened the Watha T. Daniel Plumbing and Heating Co. In 1967 he became the first African-American appointed to the DC Plumbing Board, and served as its chairman at the time of his death.
Watha T. Daniel was deeply engaged in the livelihood of the Shaw Neighborhood and served on numerous boards and commissions. He served on the DC Board of Education's Board of Examiners for Trade Instructors. He was also chairman of the Citizens Housing Advisory Council. Mayor Walter E. Washington appointed Mr. Daniel to the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Health and the District's LEAA Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.In the 1960s Mr. Daniel was elected to the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Shaw Neighborhood Development Center, and he became a charter member of the Model Inner City Community Organization (MICCO). Later becoming vice-president of MICCO. He also served as the chairman of the DC Model Cities Commission, an urban renewal program, between 1968 and 1972.
On September 27, 1975 the DC Public Library opened the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library.Originally slated to be the "Shaw Branch Library", the library at 8th and Rhode Island Ave. NW was dedicated in honor of Mr. Daniel prior to opening.
The Shaw Neighborhood Library or Watha T. Daniel Library is a building of award-winning design and one of the recently renovated libraries in the District of Columbia Public Library's system. Originally constructed in 1975 as a two-story structure in the Shaw neighborhood, the building was extensively renovated and reopened as a three-story structure in August 2010. With its distinctive translucent facade, glass enclosure, and light flooded interior, it has been hailed as a model for future libraries.
Walter Edward Fauntroy is the former pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and a civil rights activist. He is also a former delegate to the United States House of Representatives and was a candidate for the 1972 and 1976 Democratic presidential nominations as a favorite son, as well as a human rights activist. His stated life work is to advocate public policy that "declares Good News to the poor, that binds up the broken hearted and sets at liberty them that are bound" in the United States and around the world.
George Raft was an American film actor and dancer identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, Raft is remembered for his gangster roles in Scarface (1932), Each Dawn I Die (1939), and Billy Wilder's comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), as a dancer in Bolero (1934), and a truck driver in They Drive by Night (1940).
Shaw is a central neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., United States. Shaw and the U Street Corridor historically have been the city's black social, cultural, and economic hub, witness to Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and numerous riots, marches, and protests that fought to achieve racial equality in Shaw and the entirety of America. The District of Columbia has designated much of Shaw as the Shaw Historic District, and Shaw also contains the smaller Blagden Alley-Naylor Court Historic District, listed on the National Register.
Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings, was an American film and television actor known mainly for his roles in comedy films such as The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) and Princess O'Rourke (1943), but was also effective in dramatic films, especially two of Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers, Saboteur (1942) and Dial M for Murder (1954). Cummings received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Single Performance in 1955. On February 8, 1960, he received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion picture and television industries. The motion picture star is at 6816 Hollywood Boulevard, the television star is on 1718 Vine Street.
Neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., are distinguished by their history, culture, architecture, demographics, and geography. The names of 131 neighborhoods are unofficially defined by the D.C. Office of Planning. Neighborhoods can be defined by the boundaries of historic districts, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, civic associations, and business improvement districts (BIDs); these boundaries will overlap.
Dana James Hutton was an American actor in film and television best remembered for his role as Ellery Queen in the 1970s TV series of the same name and his screen partnership with Paula Prentiss in four films, starting with Where the Boys Are. He is the father of actor Timothy Hutton.
The U Street Corridor, sometimes called Cardozo/Shaw or Cardozo, is a commercial and residential district in Northwest Washington, D.C., most of which also constitutes the Greater U Street Historic District. It is centered along a nine-block stretch of U Street from 9th to 18th streets NW, from the 1920s until the 1960s was the city’s black entertainment hub, called "Black Broadway" and "the heart of black culture in Washington, D.C.". After a period of decline following the 1968 riots, the economy picked up with the 1991 opening of the U Street metro station. Gentrification has followed and the population diversified; the neighborhood was no longer black-majority by the 2010 census. Since 2013, thousands of new residents have moved into large new luxury apartment buildings. U Street is now promoted as a "happening" neighborhood for upscale yet "hip" and "eclectic" dining, shopping and entertainment, as well as one of the most significant African American heritage districts in the country.
Howard Green Duff was an American actor of film, television, stage, and radio.
Philip Heath "Phil" Mendelson is an American politician from Washington, D.C. He is currently the Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia, elected by the Council on June 13, 2012, following the resignation of Council Chair Kwame R. Brown. He was elected to serve the remainder of Brown's term in a citywide special election on November 6, 2012, and re-elected to a full term in 2014 and 2018.
Truxton Circle is a neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C., bordered by New Jersey Avenue to the west, Florida Avenue to the north, New York Avenue to the south, and North Capitol Street to the east. Politically, it is in Ward 5. It is bordered on the north by Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park, to the east by Eckington, to the west by Shaw and Mt. Vernon Square Historic District, and the south by NoMa. Named for the Thomas Truxtun traffic circle, which at the intersection of North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue, which was demolished in 1947. It was part of the Shaw School Urban Renewal Area, later known as the Shaw neighborhood.
The Uline Arena, later renamed the Washington Coliseum, was an indoor arena in Washington, D.C. located at 1132, 1140, and 1146 3rd Street, Northeast, Washington, D.C.. It was the site of one President Dwight D. Eisenhower's inauguration ball in 1953, the first concert by The Beatles in the United States in 1964 and several other memorable moments in sports, show business, politics and in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. It had a capacity of over 8,000 people and was a major arena in Washington until the early 1970s.
Near Northeast is a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C. It is bounded by North Capitol Street to the west, Florida Avenue to the north, F Street to the south, and 15th Street to the east.
Once Before I Die is a 1966 war drama starring Ursula Andress and directed by then-husband John Derek, from whom she was officially divorced before the film was released, and who also appeared in the film. It was based on a 1945 novel Quit for the Next by Lieutenant Anthony March.
The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is the public library system for residents of Washington, D.C. The system includes 25 individual libraries including Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Thomas Hunter Lowe was Judge, Maryland Court of Special Appeals (1973-1984), Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates (1969-1973), and Delegate to Maryland General Assembly (1958-1973). The Delegates' Office Building was named for him in 1973.
Anita Bonds is a Democratic politician in Washington, D.C. She is an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia. She served as the Chair of the District of Columbia Democratic Party from 2006 to 2018. She worked as an executive at Fort Myer Construction, a District contractor.
Jean Bethine Clark Church, was the spouse of U.S. Senator Frank Church of Idaho. As politically active as her husband, she earned the nickname of "Idaho's third senator."
Dr. Harald Bernard Malmgren, scholar, Ambassador, international negotiator, senior aide to US Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford, and to US Senators Abraham A. Ribicoff and Russell B. Long, United States Senate Committee on Finance, advisor to many foreign leaders and CEOs of financial institutions and corporate businesses, and frequent author of articles and papers on global economic, political, and security affairs.
Grace Lincoln Temple (1865–1953), was an American interior designer and one of the first women to decorate a public U.S. building. Temple designed the Smithsonian Institution rotunda and its first Children's Room in 1901, in addition to a variety of federal World's Fair buildings, the Cosmos Club, several presidential inaugurations, and the White House East Room under the Cleveland administration. Temple was an expert in Colonial wallpaper design and ran a successful decorating practice in Washington, D.C. for fifty years.