WASHINGTON, DC TRIVIA
More than 10 million passengers travel between DC, NYC and Boston each year, making train service in the Northeast Corridor larger than most international airports in America.
Commerce is playing a larger role each year in the metro area with headquarters by AOL, Fannie Mae, Marriott, Lockheed Martin, Freddie Mac, US Airways, Gannett Publishing and General Dynamics.
Every year Georgetown University, University of Maryland at College Park, Howard University, George Washington University, American University, and George Mason University and increase in national and international stature.
The new Washington Convention Center rivals McCormick Center in Chicago for pure size and is sure to rival Chicago and Las Vegas for super-size conventions.
African Americans number over 1.2 million in the 5.4 million Washington Metro Area.
The offices, freeways, rail, housing and shopping between the Washington Metro Area and the Baltimore Metro Area have grown so much since 1990, that urbanologists are consider this to be one Consolidated Metro Area.
Today, due to persistence by the federal government and Metrorail reducing the surface traffic burden, the District of Columbia is closer than ever to matching the grand plazas and boulevards first imagined by L’Enfant.
The list of African American celebrities, athletes, social ground-breakers, business leaders, and government dignitaries born here or have strong roots in greater Washington, DC includes:
Abolitionist and human rights activist
Father Patrick Healy
1st president of Georgetown University
Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Mary Church Terrell
Human rights activist
Composer and musician
Dr. Carter G. Woodson
Historian, father of Black History Month
Attorney and Supreme Court Justice
Pro basketball legend
"Sugar" Ray Leonard
Champion Welterweight & Middleweight boxer
One of the greatest Soul singers and composers
Mary McLeod Bethune
Human rights activist & educator
Controversial, but well-loved former mayor
Dr. Dorothy I. Height
Leader of the National Council of Negro Women
Founder of BET & billionaire
The best US Secretary of Commerce
International human rights activist
Rev. H. Beecher Hicks
Prominent local pastor
Eleanor Holmes Norton
DC's US representative
Military leader and Secretary of State
A great college basketball player who left us too soon